PEC Zwolle “emphatically” distanced itself on Sunday from forty visiting fans who, among other things, abused children on Friday after the lost away game against FC Eindhoven. The fans also clashed with the police and threw stones.
Although PEC Zwolle says it is awaiting information from the police, the supporters’ behavior is “totally unacceptable” to the club and “we also expressly distance ourselves from it,” a statement said. The club assures to take “clear” measures. It is not clear what they are.
Things went wrong on Friday during PEC Zwolle’s 4-2 loss to FC Eindhoven in the Kitchen Champions Division. Fights broke out in the area. Subsequently, about forty fans sought a confrontation with the police.
Instead of going to the fan buses, the fans went to a nearby Oranje-Rood hockey club field, police wrote in a statement Saturday. there was according to broadcasting brabant fourteen and fifteen year old boys playing soccer. The youths were threatened and beaten. One of them was injured.
Later, the fans threw stones, street furniture and full beer cans at the policemen. There were also fights in the group itself. The police had to use batons and a police dog to get the rioting fans back to the fan buses. An hour after the game they left for Zwolle.
Only one fan has been arrested. According to the police, the emphasis was on restoring peace around the stadium. Another fan was bitten by a police dog, but with the help of his colleagues he was freed and managed to escape. The police investigate to find those responsible.
Incident in fan violence week
The incident in Eindhoven follows a week in which fan violence in the Netherlands reared its ugly head. One day after homophobic chants from a group of Spakenburg fans at SV Spakenburg-PSV (1-2), things went wrong at De Classic between Feyenoord and Ajax in the semi-finals of the KNVB cup tournament.
Davy Klaassen was struck by a lighter from the audience after a mutiny between Feyenoord and Ajax players. In addition, the Ajax midfielder, who had made the 1-2 win shortly before, suffered a head injury. The match was then stopped.
Klaassen resumed play, but was unable to continue moments later because he felt a throbbing in his head. The alleged lighter thrower was handcuffed by police during the match.
Ontvang meldingen bij nieuws over supportersgeweld in het voetbal
Feyenoord expressed their disgrace over the incident and will hang nets around the pitch in their remaining home games to prevent a repeat. Against Ajax it was not like that on the one hand, so that the networks did not bother the viewers. Exactly from that side the lighter was thrown.
As a result of the lighter incident, the KNVB tightened the rules regarding suspension of matches. The police and politicians were also agitated. The ACP police union wants all home and away fans to be pre-emptively excluded during high-stakes matches.
Justice and Security Minister Dilan Yesilgöz spoke of a “new low”. “If you harass or stone players you are not a supporter but a big bastard that needs to be punished,” he said on Twitter.