AZ Alkmaar not happy as Celtic Park clash won't be shown on Dutch TV

By David Walton

August 18, 2021

AZ Alkmaar have released a statement outlining their disappointment at the fact no Dutch broadcaster will be showing their game at Celtic Park tonight.

The Europa League playoff first-leg tie between the two sides will take place in front of over 50,000 spectators.

However, despite the fact AZ Alkmaar are the only Dutch side in the Europa League playoffs, the game hasn’t been chosen for coverage by any broadcast station in the Netherlands.

Alkmaar have confirmed that the only way for their fans to watch is via the Celtic TV pay-per-view stream. Alkmaar’s own service, AZ Media, will provide only text updates on Twitter and post-match interviews.

And reacting to the broadcast situation this evening, AZ clearly aren’t happy in a statement released earlier:

“AZ finds it extremely disappointing that no Dutch broadcaster has managed to seize the rights, which in this round lies with the home-playing club. Such a match, which is also of enormous importance for Dutch football, deserves to be broadcast. For unclear reasons, the rights holder and Dutch broadcasters did not meet.

“Ange has Celtic playing the Dutch way” | AZ Alkmaar fan Anthony

“Ange has Celtic playing the Dutch way” | AZ Alkmaar fan Anthony

“Where the return, on Thursday 26 August, may be broadcast is also not yet known.”

AZ Alkmaar visit to Celtic Park kicks off the undoubted tie of the round

The situation in the Netherlands is similar to that in Scotland. The game isn’t on any of the nation’s national broadcast channels. However, Premier Sports will be screening the second leg in Alkmaar next Thursday.

Of course, it’s difficult to have much of a go at broadcasters. Especially when it’s unclear as to the reasons the game hasn’t been picked up.

But it’s certainly peculiar. Celtic vs AZ Alkmaar is the tie of the round. There isn’t another pairing that involves two such prestigious clubs. You would’ve thought this would’ve been quickly snapped up.

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That AZ fans have to tune into Celtic TV certainly isn’t ideal. The last thing you want as a supporter is to pay for a service that comes with commentary cheering on the opposition side.

Celtic fans will watch their second consecutive European match via a pay-per-view service this evening. It comes after the Europa League third qualifying round second-leg match vs Jablonec was also only shown on Celtic TV.

At least supporters already know where they stand for next week. Hopefully, AZ supporters get some clarity regarding Dutch coverage.

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