A large section of Dutch club AZ Alkmaar's stadium roof collapsed as high winds invaded the area on Saturday.
The Dutch Eredivisie club’s general manager Robert Eenhorn said at a press conference that there were no injuries from the partial collapse at AFAS Stadion. He also announced that an investigation will be carried out to look into the incident.
He said: “This surprised us all. We are very shocked but especially happy that there was no human suffering. “In the coming days we will conduct a study with experts in this field. Only when that investigation has been done can we elaborate on the matter. It is much too early for that now.”
The team was not playing during the moment of the collapse but they will be in action for their Europa League third-round qualifier against Ukraine’s FC Mariupol on Thursday. However, there was no surety that the match would take place.
“No matches will be played in the stadium if the situation is not safe.” Eenhorn said.
Fans on Twitter reacted in numbers on hearing this news. Here are some of their thoughts on the incident:
yes!— Arthur Ehrnrooth (@ArthurEhrnrooth) August 10, 2019
The other stadium crash in Holland was at FC Twente stadium some couple years ago— Jacco (@Jaccodj9816) August 10, 2019
Thank god Dutch side AZ Alkmaar were playing away fron home this weekend. pic.twitter.com/A3J0quF6nn— AntStephen (@AntStephen) August 10, 2019
The way that shit like this just happens is teriffying— Matt (@WalkWithoutFeet) August 10, 2019
"They should investigate"? Bruh this is NOT kindergarden.... lol... of course they will— Nima Dorje Ghising (@plabatamang) August 11, 2019
What is wrong with Goodison— JACOB .K. IDOWU (@jakov_coba) August 10, 2019
Made of wood pal— _] 0£ (@JoeHenryG) August 10, 2019
AZ Alkmaar will launch an investigation after part of the roof at the AFAS Stadium collapsed on Saturday.— IanBroughall (@IanBroughall) August 11, 2019
The Dutch Eredivisie club's general manager Robert Eenhoorn confirmed there were no injuries sustained when a large section of the roof fell on seating below amid high winds
Christ! Coldest I’ve ever been at a game that night.— Ben Ward (@WardBenj) August 10, 2019
AZ are due to play their second match in the Dutch top league away to RKL Waalwijk on Sunday.