Man United, Ajax fans clash

2012-02-16 20:25

Amsterdam - Riot police and officers on horseback forcibly separated crowds of Dutch and English football supporters who were gathering on the narrow streets and bridges in Amsterdam's red light district hours ahead of a Europa League match between Ajax and Manchester United.

Police intervened in the late afternoon after the two groups began chanting and making threatening gestures toward each other across a canal. Mounted police separated the mob into narrow lines and then riot police on foot forced them to leave the area and cordoned it off.

Amsterdam police could be seen detaining several supporters for throwing small objects on another square in the city center on Thursday afternoon, but have not disclosed whether any were actually arrested.

On Wednesday night they arrested some 76 Ajax supporters suspected of seeking a confrontation with United fans.

Police spokesperson Ad Smit said the men were rounded up under heightened security rules ordered by the city's mayor and found to have had weapons including knives, brass knuckles, tear gas and clubs, as well as "a large amount of narcotics."

They were held overnight and face varying fines of up to €600.

Another 54 supporters of Belgian club Anderlecht, who were also thought to be seeking confrontation with United fans, were detained on Wednesday and sent home, and 12 people without connection to any particular team were arrested for "football-related incidents."


  • Dawood - 2012-02-16 21:04

    english ,dutch(afrikaners), belgian fans. nothing new. wild european animals. do u see african fans behave like this.

      Shawn Larsen - 2012-02-16 21:41

      Africans (filthy pastes of servitude) prefer, much like bewildered animals, to stampede each other to death...

      Byron - 2012-02-17 07:26

      And what happened in Egypt just recently??? If my memory serves me correctly, Egypt is in Africa isn't it!

      Brevan - 2012-02-17 11:56

      The rest of the African countries use their military instead. Remember Bafana playing in a stadium with rifles militia surrounding the ground and not watching the crowd, but trying to intimidate players in world cup qualifiers. Remember throughout the years Bafana playing in Congo ending u with bloody noses and swollen eyes not being anywhere near the ball even. It's a problem everywhere, but in case you didn't read the article, in this instance the English supporters weren't the culprits.

  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-02-17 06:20

    Bloody hell. The world is mad. Alas with football it always has been, but in this day and age are there not bigger problems? ...and Yes Dawood, like everywhere else, too often. Do you see Rugby fans behaving like this? Or Cricket? Any other sport where it happens so often? Football fans. Eish. Well done ManU....

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