Game goes on despite Fortuyn assassination

 

UEFA FINAL: The UEFACup final (live BBC2, 7.45 p.m.) will go ahead tonight following a meeting of Rotterdam city officials last night following the assassination of politician Pim Fortuyn, a native of the city.

City mayor Ivo Opstelten said that after consulting with police and legal authorities it had been agreed to greenlight the clash between local side Feyenoord and newly-crowned German champions Borussia Dortmund.

However, he added that should the Dutch side prevail there would be no celebrations allowed.

"That would be out of place as it comes before the funeral of Fortuyn," he said.

Feyenoord players said they were determined to go ahead with the match despite the shock waves emanating from the assassination.

"We are all in shock," said star striker Pierre Van Hooijdonk.

"It's inconceivable that a politician can be assassinated in the Netherlands. But we have to go ahead with the final."

The coach of the Dutch side, Bert Van Marwijk said that if it was up to him, the game would be called off.

"But UEFA have decided to play the game and we will do so even if the conditions are far from ideal," he added.