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Dutch FA wants to punish firework-throwing Ajax fans

English.news.cn   2014-04-21 15:35:39

THE HAGUE, April 21 (Xinhua) -- The Dutch Football Association KNVB wants to punish the Ajax fans that disturbed the start of the Dutch Cup final with fireworks on Sunday, said KNVB official Bert van Oostveen.

After the start of the match between Ajax and PEC Zwolle Ajax fans threw fireworks into the penalty area of Ajax goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer and after the early opening goal by Ricardo van Rhijn that happened again.

The smoke shrouded the field, grass was burnt and the players were put in danger of being hit, which prompted referee Bas Nijhuis to suspend the match for half an hour. PEC Zwolle stunned Ajax with a 5-1 win.

"This is unacceptable and there is no place for this in a football stadium," Van Oostveen told Dutch news site Nu. "The events in the first five minutes of the game were very disappointing. We will work with the clubs and the local authorities thoroughly to evaluate this and we will try to track down and punish the perpetrators."

Ajax coach Frank de Boer was disappointed about the performance of his team and also about the behavior of his own fans.

"This is outrageous and has nothing to do with football," he said. "A few lunatics behind the goal ruin the night for the rest of the fans."

"It does not matter whether it hurts an Ajax player or an opponent, this does not belong in a football stadium," De Boer stated. "It's horrible. They let down their own team en dishonor Ajax in front of the rest of the world."

In total the Dutch police arrested 33 people. These arrests were not related to the incidents during the match, but for misconduct, violence, insulting police officers, public drunkenness, possession of fireworks.

Editor: Shen Qing
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