Riots after tribute to Ajax

8th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

8 May 2007, AMSTERDAM - Riots broke out in Amsterdam after the Ajax football team was honoured at the Museumplein. Groups of Ajax supporters destroyed bus shelters and smashed shop windows around the Leidseplein. At least 50 people were arrested.

8 May 2007

AMSTERDAM - Riots broke out in Amsterdam after the Ajax football team was honoured at the Museumplein. Groups of Ajax supporters destroyed bus shelters and smashed shop windows around the Leidseplein. At least 50 people were arrested.

Once the riot police had cleared the square, several hundred youths spread out into the surrounding area and tried to further provoke police. One person was injured.

The Amsterdam football club beat AZ in the finale for the KNVB cup in De Kuip in Rotterdam on Sunday.

Last year the tribute to Ajax on the Leidseplein also led to riots when a group of 300 supporters started fighting. They turned against police at the time, destroyed property and threw bricks and beer bottles.

Amsterdam mayor Job Cohen said this morning that he doubts whether such events for football supporters should be held in future. "Obviously these events cannot take place these days without vandalism," he said via a spokesperson.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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