Violence stops play in Ajax Arena
Play has been suspended in a Dutch football association KNVB cup match after a fan ran onto the pitch and attacked AZ’s goalkeeper Esteban with flying-kick. The goalie, who saw the supporter at the last minute, reacted by kicking him twice.
Esteban was shown a red card by referee Bas Nijhuis. AZ trainer Gertjan Verbeek was furious and walked off the field taking his team with him. The game has now been abandoned. The incident took place five minutes before half time when Ajax was 1-0 ahead.
Reactions were streaming in on the Netherlands most popular newspaper just minutes after the bizarre incident. Like this one by L. Veenstra from the city of Nijmegen:
"Shameful!!! Am a fanatic ajax supporter. Shameful that 1 supporter ruins it for the rest! Completely understandable that Verbeek called his team off, the rules might stipulate so, but how can you give him a red card for this! Goalkeeper was just defending himself."
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