Ajax supporters held after disorder

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2 March 2006, AMSTERDAM — Police arrested 50 to 60 supporters of Ajax Amsterdam during a disturbance in the vicinity of Rembrandtplein in the capital on Wednesday evening.

2 March 2006

AMSTERDAM — Police arrested 50 to 60 supporters of Ajax Amsterdam during a disturbance in the vicinity of Rembrandtplein in the capital on Wednesday evening.

The incident began at 7.30pm, shortly before the start of Holland's match against Ecuador in Ajax's ArenA stadium.  Ajax supporters started grabbing goods from souvenir shops and other businesses in the Rembrandtplein area.

An officer and a woman were injured before the police restored order. The arrested fans were brought to a cell complex for the night and face theft and public disorder charges.

A minority of Ajax fans seem determined to tarnish the club's reputation. In mid February, 70 Ajax supporters attacked the clubhouse used by ADO supporters prior to the match between their teams in The Hague. Several ADO supporters were beaten up in what was an apparent attempt to burn the clubhouse down.

Following the incident police recovered weapons and hard drugs from a clubhouse used by Ajax supporters. 

Amsterdam Mayor Job Cohen ordered the closure of the building and Ajax will have to play its away matches in The Hague without supporters for the next five years.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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