Court moves Ajax's season-opener to January

August 12, 2005

AMSTERDAM, Aug 12 (Reuters) - Ajax Amsterdam's season opening match against ADO Den Haag in the Dutch first division has been postponed until January 7 following a ruling by an Amsterdam court on Friday.

The match was initially scheduled for Sunday but Ajax were blocked from hosting the encounter after Amsterdam mayor Job Cohen said his police force was overstretched could not provide adequate security in August.

Earlier this week the Dutch football association, KNVB, announced Ajax would have to play the match this weekend behind closed doors at a neutral ground.

But Ajax launched a legal action against the KNVB and the city of Amsterdam, citing they would suffer an enormous loss of income if they were unable to host Den Haag.

The KNVB is considering an appeal against the court's ruling because it feels the court does not have the right to schedule a soccer match.

Ajax will now play their first match of the season next weekend away to RBC Roosendaal