Feyenoord fan sends Rotterdam Mayor death threat

26th February 2009, Comments 0 comments

Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb received a death threat from a football fan angry at being banned from Ajax games.

ROTTERDAM—Rotterdam police have detained a Feyenoord football fan. The 21-year-old man from the Rotterdam neighbourhood Kralingen was charged with threatening the major of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb.

He had heard that Aboutaleb intended on sending a group of football hooligans a warning letter following Saturday's violent protests by a group of some 150 Feyenoord supporters. The demonstration was held to protest a decision by Aboutaleb and Amsterdam mayor Job Cohen to ban supporters from attending matches between Feyenoord and Ajax for five years.

The fan was so incensed that he issued a death threat against the Rotterdam mayor. When the man was taken to the police station, it transpired that he was also on the list to receive a warning letter from Aboutaleb.

At the weekend protests which ended in violence, Feyenoord supporters had shouted "Dirty Jew" and "Gas him" at Aboutaleb. The Rotterdam mayor lived in Amsterdam and supported Ajax before his move to Rotterdam on 5 January of this year. Amsterdam is often perceived as a Jewish city and its football supporters are often jeered at as Jews by Feyenoord. Ironically, Aboutaleb is of Moroccan origin and a practising Muslim.

Radio Netherlands/Expatica

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