Amsterdam’s mayor Job Cohen wants to ban English football club Sunderland from a tournament later this month because of the risk of riots, the Telegraaf reports on Monday.
The Amsterdam Tournament takes place at the city’s Arena stadium in two weeks time and Sunderland is one of the clubs set to attend alongside Benfica and Atletico Madrid.
But rival English club Newcastle United is playing against FC Utrecht at the same time and Cohen fears the fans will seek each other out to fight, the paper says.
And, the paper claims, the English football association has warned its Dutch counterpart about the risk of trouble. The paper says in England the two clubs are not allowed to play within 150km of each other because of the violent nature of their supporters.
‘I don’t want to take any risks,’ Cohen is reported as saying. ‘I understand this would be a far-reaching measure which will affect the traditional Amsterdam tournament but security comes first.’
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