Matches between Amsterdam’s Ajax and Rotterdam’s Feyenoord football clubs are to be held without the away-team’s supporters for at least two years because of crowd trouble during the game last weekend.
The ban on the visiting team’s fans was decided at a meeting of the mayors of the two cities, the clubs’ managements and the Dutch football association, report various papers.
The ban will be reviewed after two years but could last as long as five, the football association said.
The match between Ajax and Feyenoord at the weekend was marred by bottle throwing and racist chanting. Feyenoord fans chanted ‘Hamas Hamas, Jews to the gas’ – Ajax supporters are nicknamed Joden (Jews).
The police made 30 arrests.
There was also trouble at matches between the clubs’ reserve teams, the Telegraaf says.
After major riots in 2005 it was agreed that any further incidents between the two clubs would lead to the five-year ban.
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