Not Ajax, but the municipality of Amsterdam has canceled a ceremony for the Ajax Women. A spokesperson for the municipality confirmed this to NOS, the public broadcaster reported on Thursday evening. The spokesperson stated that Ajax came with ‘insurmountable conditions’, so that the municipality itself decided not to allow the ceremony to take place. The spokesperson for the municipality of Amsterdam indicated, among other things, that Ajax did not want to hold the ceremony until after the summer, at the start of the new season, or even in 2024. Inquiries by Ajax Showtime show that this is not correct and that Ajax found it especially strange that the municipality of Amsterdam only wanted to organize a ceremony three weeks after the title win, while the momentum is long gone. When the men’s team of Ajax becomes champion, a ceremony always takes place immediately. The Amsterdam club is therefore in favor of doing the same for the women’s team from now on. At Ajax, males believes in this case that the momentum after the title win was already over and that the women rightly received a lot of great attention. This happened with a ceremony in the stadium of PEC Zwolle, a championship party in the Johan Cruijff ArenA after the championship match, a ceremony at Sportpark De Toekomst during the first match for the Eredivisie Cup, a boat trip and a reception at the official residence. The municipality only wanted to organize a ceremony three weeks after the title win. In the end, Ajax was certainly open to a ceremony, but Males did not think the location – the Leidseplein – and the timing – Monday evening – was the right one. Ajax has indicated this several times in recent days. Ajax came up with alternatives for the ceremony for Ajax Women The Amsterdam club – Ajax Life reported on Wednesday evening – has proposed other locations for a ceremony in recent days, such as Sportpark de Toekomst or Beursplein in the center of the city. However, the municipality stuck to a ceremony on Leidseplein on Monday evening. Ajax subsequently asked to reconsider this proposal and to investigate alternatives. The municipality did not want this, after which males pulled the plug on the ceremony and then pointed the accusing finger at Ajax with satisfaction. When it turned out on Wednesday evening that the ceremony for the Ajax Women could not take place, Ajax was criticized – mainly by means of social media. People from the football world, politicians and other stakeholders expressed themselves critically towards the management of Ajax. Now the cancellation of the tribute for the women’s team appears to be more nuanced than was revealed in the media a day earlier. Bart Veenstra (Twitter: @Bart_Veenstra|email: firstname.lastname@example.org) source
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