Ajax has admitted that the goals just before the last qualifying round in the Champions League against Arsenal did not meet the required dimensions. Arsenal coach Jonas Eidevall found out before kick-off that the goals on De Toekomst were 10 centimeters too small. The problem was fixed before the match.
“There is daily maintenance on the fields and prior to this game something went wrong when putting the goals back on the main field,” Ajax said in a statement on Thursday.
When asked, the Amsterdam club does not want to elaborate further on what exactly went wrong when replacing the goals. “After finding out by Arsenal and UEFA, this has been rectified before kick-off. We obviously regret this and will adjust the procedure to prevent incidents like this in the future.”
Eidevall stated Wednesday evening that the goals would be too small. “We are at a big club like Ajax and then have to measure the goals before the game. It turned out that they were 10 centimeters too small. I have honestly never experienced anything like this. It was very strange,” said the Arsenal coach.
The football players of Arsenal won 0-1 against Ajax on Wednesday with a goal from Vivianne Miedema. With the win in Amsterdam, Arsenal are once again in the main tournament of the Champions League.
Arsenal was quarter-finalist in the European club tournament last season. The three-time national champion of England then lost against VfL Wolfsburg.