Ajax fans fined for 1312 T-shirts

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Fewer Ajax Amsterdam football club supporters are wearing '1312' T-shirts since three of their comrades were prosecuted and fined last week for doing that very thing.

The Ajax fans were each fined 330 euros for wearing the 'offending' T-shirts at a match against Heracles  Almelo on 18 April last year. The numbers represent the letters ACAB in alphabetical order. The acronym ACAB - All Cops Are Bastards - was first used publicly as a slogan during the 1984-1985 coalminers' strike in the United Kingdom.

According to Ruth Gorissen, spokesperson for the Amsterdam district court, the Public Prosecutor's Office wants to set a precedent for people who insult law-enforcement officers and decided to press charges. The police, on the other hand, had decided not to take the matter any futher. 

A law lecturer at Tilburg University, Theo de Roos, questions the authorities' response to the 'criminal T-shirt' fans. He considers the T-shirts part of general football yobbishness and wonders whether the authorities should use public resources for any further actions like this.

The Ajax supporters' club also thinks the response is overblown: "It's rather pointless to ban these kinds of symbols. We're against football violence, but a brash T-shirt should be allowed."

The three Ajax supporters are appealing against the verdict of the Amsterdam court.


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