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AZ Alkmaar vow to investigate after stadium collapsed

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A “very shocked” AZ Alkmaar have vowed to investigate after a section of the roof at the AFAS Stadium collapsed due to high winds.

On Saturday evening, images cropped up on the internet showing that AZ Alkmaar’s stadium had partially collapsed.

This came in light of the terrible weather that’s hit the Netherlands recently. In fact, a small tornado had briefly come about in Amsterdam on Friday to the shock and disbelief of local residents.

So, AZ Alkmaar opted to play it safe on Saturday by having their players train indoors in light of these developments.

And it appears the Dutch club made a spot-on call, with general manager Robert Eenhoorn announcing that nobody was injured when part of the roof of their stadium fell into the seating area.

“This surprised us all. We are very shocked but especially happy that there was no human suffering,” said Eenhoorn, according to BBC.

“In the coming days, we will conduct a study with experts in this field. Only when that investigation has been done can we elaborate on the matter. It is much too early for that now.”

The AZ Alkmaar squad will travel Waalwijk this afternoon for an Eredivisie clash with RKC. They’re hoping to make it two wins out of two following their 4-0 opening day thrashing of Fortuna Sittard last Sunday.

Next Thursday, Arne Slot’s side will then host Ukranian team FC Mariupol for the second leg of their Europa League third-round qualifier. The aggregate scoreline is currently 0-0.

Then just three days later, AZ Alkmaar will play hosts again to FC Groningen in another league encounter.

Whether or not these two games will be played at the AFAS Stadium, however, remains debatable.

“No matches will be played in the stadium if the situation is not safe,” said Eenhoorn.

“As soon as more is clear about our upcoming duels, we will report that as soon as possible.”