Morocco faces Dutch football ban

The Dutch football association KNVB wants to introduce a five-year moritorium on friendly matches between The Netherlands and Morocco following crowd trouble at last night’s youth game in Tilburg.

During the match between the Dutch and Moroccan youth teams stewards were pelted with stones and Moroccan fans stormed the pitch, throwing chairs and vandalising advertising hoardings.
The game, which Morocco won 0-2, was twice interupted because of the disturbances. Some 26 people were arrested.
‘Things have gotten out of hand on other occasions. The Moroccan fans obviously won’t behave themselves,’ said KNVB director Henk Kesler. ‘The time is right for a cooling-off period.’
The KNVB is to pay for damage to the Willem II stadium.

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