Over 33 fans arrested before World Cup qualifier

30th March 2009, Comments 1 comment

Even before the World Cup qualification match between the Netherlands and Scotland took place on Saturday, 33 football fans were detained for rowdy behaviour.

AMSTERDAM – Police in Amsterdam arrested 33 people before the World Cup qualification match between the Netherlands and Scotland on Saturday.

Thirty-one Dutchmen and two Scots were taken into custody for a range of offences, including public disorder and drunkenness.

One group of Dutch supporters was arrested for chanting anti-Semitic slogans. There is low tolerance against such slogans at the grounds of the host club Ajax FC, because of the clubs' old Jewish connections.

Meanwhile, an off-duty train conductor was attacked on a train in Weesp near Amsterdam on Saturday night.

He was on his way home from the match that ended in a 3-0 victory for the Dutch team when he was assaulted by two men. During the attack, he lost consciousness and was taken to the hospital.

The train conductor was apparently attacked because he made a remark to the men who were urinating in the middle of the train.
 
Two men have been arrested on the basis of witness descriptions. The Dutch railway company NS said he will seek damages from two attackers.

In a recent accident, train personnel staged a walk out after two colleagues were assaulted at Almere station.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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