Children only at Dutch Cup replay

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The Dutch Cup football replay between Ajax Amsterdam and AZ Alkmaar on 19 January will only have children and their supervisors as spectators, Ajax confirmed on Tuesday.

The match was abandoned on 21 December shortly before halftime after a fan – identified under Dutch privacy rules only as Wesley van W - invaded the pitch and attacked Alkmaar keeper Esteban Alvarado.

Van W tried to kick Esteban from behind and the AZ goalkeeper retaliated by kicking the man twice. The referee gave him a red card for misconduct, which was later rescinded.

Ajax was winning 1-0 when the match was stopped. No women Initially, the Dutch football federation KNWB ordered Ajax to replay the game in an empty stadium. The club then appealed to the KNWB to allow women and children to attend, but the ruling body decided that only 12-year-olds and under would be permitted because of Dutch equality legislation.

"It has also been decided that access will only be given to children….to impress the educational nature of the match," it added.

Tickets will be free for clubs and primary schools. One adult supervisor will be allowed in to look after every six children.

A court sentenced Wesley van W to six months in prison on 29 December and ordered the man to report to police during all Ajax, Alkmaar and Dutch national team matches for the next two years.

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