Mayor orders closure of Ajax fan clubhouse

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15 February 2006, AMSTERDAM — Mayor Job Cohen ordered the closure of the Ajax supporters' clubhouse next to the ArenA sports stadium on Wednesday.

15 February 2006

AMSTERDAM — Mayor Job Cohen ordered the closure of the Ajax supporters' clubhouse next to the ArenA sports stadium on Wednesday.

Police discovered batons and other weapons in the building on Saturday night as supporters gathered to allegedly take part in an arranged confrontation with Ado Den Haag supporters.

On Friday night 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. The  match went ahead without Ajax fans. Their team won 2-1.

Riot police were deployed in Amsterdam and The Hague on Saturday as fans gathered in preparation for more violence. There were no violent incidents.

The city council in The Hague confirmed on Wednesday that Ajax will have to play its fixtures without its supporters for the next five years when the club plays ADO in The Hague.

And Ajax announced the people involved on the ADO clubhouse are barred from membership of the Amsterdam team's fanclub for the next 10 years.

Two ADO fans were stabbed and six others were beaten with clubs during Friday's attack, before the police ended the confrontation. Almost all the people injured were sent home after being treated for minor injuries.

"This was a hit-and-run operation. A very large group of Ajax fans attacked no more than eight unsuspecting ADO fans in the supporters' base. These people had to run for their lives," a spokesperson for ADO said.

Ajax chairman John Jaake said he felt powerless in the face of the actions of a small number of the club's fans.

"I don't know what more the club can do to deal with football hooliganism. An awful lot of energy has been invested in talking to the supporters and a whole range of measures have been taken. But this hardcore cannot be restrained, apparently, and that is a very sad state of affairs," Jaake said.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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