Eerste Divisie clubs NEC Nijmegen and Almere City have been chosen to host test events that will see fans return to Dutch football games for the first time since the end of September.

The two second-tier games next month will be part of eight events run under the banner of ‘Back to Live!’ The venture is being run by Fieldlab Events, a government-backed initiative which represents the events sector during COVID-19.

Some 1,500 season-ticket holders will be admitted for the two games, with the clubs spelling out the measures that will be in place. NEC said that before the match, fans will have to download a special pilot app, entitled ‘Close’, to allow for communication between them and organisers. Fans will have to undergo a COVID-19 test at the stadium ahead of the game.

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