An Ajax football fan who hung a blow-up doll made to look like Feyenoord keeper Kenneth Vermeer from the balcony at a match between the two clubs in February should be given 80 hours of community service, the public prosecution department said on Wednesday.
In addition, the man should be banned from the locality of Amsterdam’s Arena stadium for three years, the public prosecutor said at his trial in Amsterdam. He has already been given a three year stadium ban by the club.
Ferdi T, who has a history of violent crime, told the court he considered the effigy to be funny and that he had not meant to threaten anyone, the Telegraaf reported.
The 27-year-old denied taking the effigy to the grounds and said he found it in the stadium. He also denied having seen that the text NSB had been written on the doll’s shirt. The NSB was the Dutch nazi party during World War II.
Vermeer was a member of the Ajax youth training scheme but was sold to Feyenoord by Ajax in 2014.
The racist incident also led to Ajax being fined €10,000 by the Dutch FA for not having removed the effigy as soon as it was spotted.
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