Thursday 25th May, 2017
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AMSTERDAM -- Captains of 12 Netherlands top-tier teams have asked the national federation and league organisers to ban matches on artificial turf.

Dirk Kuyt of title-winning Feyenoord and Davy Klaassen of Ajax joined a protest by their national union known as the VVCS.

Kuyt, who announced his retirement this week, said: "I know for sure that due to artificial pitches Dutch football will fall further behind."

The captains point to "technical and tactical consequences" of authorities letting six of the 18-team Eredivisie play on artificial surfaces this season.

Players believe they sustain more joint injuries and need more recovery time in switching from games on grass.

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