Soccer match abandoned as fans hurl abuse

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18 October 2004 , AMSTERDAM — A premiere league match between Ado Den Haag and PSV Eindhoven was abandoned on Saturday as a referee made good on the Dutch Football Association's vow not to accept fans chanting offensive slogans.

18 October 2004

AMSTERDAM — A premiere league match between Ado Den Haag and PSV Eindhoven was abandoned on Saturday as a referee made good on the Dutch Football Association's vow not to accept fans chanting offensive slogans.

Referee Rene Temmink suspended play 10 minutes before full-time with PSV leading 2-0 in The Hague after the local fans took up a chorus calling for him to be gassed and accusing his wife of being a "whore".

City mayor Wim Deetman then ordered the match to be abandoned, news agency nu.nl reported.

The Dutch Parliament has condemned the actions of the ADO fans at Zuiderpark in The Hague. Coalition government parties the Christian Democrat CDA, Democrat D66 and Liberal VVD also praised the referee's decisive action.

ADO — which hopes to identify 30 hooligans via video footage on Monday — is now expecting a severe penalty. The team's management backed the decision to abandon the match

The Premier Division club had only just reached a settlement with the Dutch soccer association KNVB after problems were reported at the 12 September ADO-Ajax Amsterdam clash, in which ADO fans continually chanted that the referee's girlfriend was a whore.

The settlement compelled ADO to play two home matches at the Zuiderpark without any spectators and to leave all of its supporters in The Hague when it met Ajax for the return away match.

Meanwhile, Deetman said ADO fans were intent on starting a riot on Saturday night, evidenced by the vandalism of the PSV supporters' buses.

He also said the fans had started encroaching into other areas of the stadium, while ADO board members and sponsors were also at risk when fans tried to barge their way into the official club areas.
 
The mayor said he would discuss the situation and the consequences for ADO in the coming week.

Despite warnings broadcast over the stadium speaker system, ADO supporters had continued to chant: "Temmink is the whore of PSV" and "Hamas, Hamas, Temmink to the gas" on Saturday.

The referee said later that he refused to put up with such abuse. "If you don't have guts and you don’t dare to intervene, you only make it more difficult. Football is a beautiful game and so many people enjoy it. But this beautiful game will be destroyed by something like that," he said.

Temmink decided to end the match in the 80th minute. "I was associated with an illness under which very many people suffered and died. 'Hamas, Hamas, Temmink to the gas' was also unacceptable."
 
The KNVB wholeheartedly backed Temmink's decision, with association director Henk Kesler saying it was completely in line with the new protocol. "The KNVB applauds this," he said.

The chairman of the ADO board of commissioners, Ruud de Boer, said that he could "totally understand" Mayor Deetman's decision to abandon the match.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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