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Mr Hans Nijland of FC Groningen

‘FC Groningen is professional football organization. It may rightly be called a club that consistently finishes in the top half of the table in the Dutch premier league. FC Groningen plays its home games in a splendid stadium called Euroborg, commonly referred to as: the Green Cathedral. The stadium holds 22.500 spectators.


On a regular basis FC Groningen avails itself of the services of PlasBossinade. Keep in mind matters in the field of employment law and checking complicated national and foreign contracts. PlasBossinade is also our partner if it is about sanctions that are imposed on us by the KNVB [the Dutch National Football Federation]. This concerns for example sanctions that are imposed because of derisive singing and suspension of players after a red card.

In practice

Let us consider a particular case: during the league game ADO Den Haag – FC Groningen one of our best players, Eric Botteghin, received a red card. In spite of the fact that the decision to show the player a red card was highly questionable, Botteghin was confronted with a suspension. After having held extensive and good consultations with  Wim Entzinger we eventually decided to appeal against the suspension. Down to the last detail, together with us Wim Entzinger prepared this case. Eventually Wim Entzinger got in done that the suspension of Eric Botteghin was lifted. In the next game therefore Eric Botteghin was simply eligible to play again. This game was a crucial game against Vitesse for that matter. The game was won and who was the best man on the field? Eric Botteghin, indeed!

Important cases of arbitration (Luis Suarez) have been successfully completed because of the good cooperation between PlasBossinade and FC Groningen.

Approachable and committed

FC Groningen and PlasBossinade are excellent partners of one another. It is our experience that the people of PlasBossinade go to incredible lengths and make every effort to prepare for a possible legal action. We feel a tremendous sense of commitment. There is no distance whatsoever, they are easy to approach and that is where we feel ourselves at home.'