Utrecht's football team arrested
All the eleven players of the Utrecht football team Zwaluwen were taken to the police department on Saturday.
29 January 2007
AMSTERDAM — When SVM beat Zwaluwen 4 - 2, a fight broke out between the fans and the players, reports De Volkskrant. One SVM fan had his elbow broken and suffered a brain concussion. A Zwaluwen supporter's car was completely destroyed.
A police representative said that it was a rare occurrence for an entire team to be detained. "We did this because it was impossible to clarify who was to blame on the spot", he explained. Two players spent the night in a cell.
Zwaluwen initially led in the game but later got three red cards from the judge, an SVM supporter. According to the SVM chairman Voogt the judge was strict, but fair.
The players of Zwaluwen described the situation differently. Meanwhile, Zwaluwen's board member Jansen, who was not present at the game, said the actions of the judge could not be questioned. "The judge is always right", he said. The disciplinary committee hearing on the case will take place today.
The SVM team from Maartensdijk was ethnic Dutch while the Zwaluwen team contained mainly immigrants, De Volkskrant adds.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news