R'dam fans compensated for rough justice

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6 August 2004, AMSTERDAM — Eight Feyenoord Rotterdam fans who were roughed up by riot police after a match against arch rivals Ajax Amsterdam have been paid compensation, it was confirmed Friday.

6 August 2004

AMSTERDAM — Eight Feyenoord Rotterdam fans who were roughed up by riot police after a match against arch rivals Ajax Amsterdam have been paid compensation, it was confirmed Friday.

The money was paid by an insurance company acting for Amsterdam municipality to cover physical and material damage only.

Amsterdam Council has refused to reveal how much money the eight received. But a spokesperson told newspaper De Volkskrant that the compensation covered things such as a victim falling behind in study due to injuries received at the hands of the ME.

Ajax and Feyenoord fans have maintained a bitter rivalry for years and crowd problems after clashes between the two teams are not uncommon.

In the most recent incident, Ajax fans rushed onto a pitch and attacked some of the Feyenoord players after a reserve match in April.

The compensation cases refer to a match at Ajax's Arena stadium in March 2002.

The police complaints commission for the Amsterdam-Amstelland area ruled last October that specialist Mobiele Eenheid, or mobile unit, officers used unnecessary and excessive force against Feyenoord fans.

Several Feyenoord fans were injured as a result of charges by ME officers. About 50 Rotterdam fans lodged criminal complaints or filed complaints with the complaints commission.

Known by its initials ME, the police unit is deployed during riots and is used for crowd control at public events.

During the 1980s, the ME, whose members wear riot gear and drive armoured vans, fought running battles with members of the squatters movement. In recent years it has again been involved in clearing illegal squats in Amsterdam.

The ME is a feature at all major football matches, and is always out in force for Ajax-Feyenoord ties.

After the police complaints commission backed the Feyenoord fans, compensation claims were filed with Amsterdam Municipality, as the city mayor, currently Job Cohen, is officially in charge of the local police. Eight of the compensation claims were upheld.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news, Feyenoord, Ajax, rivalry, football violence

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