Football club FC Den Bosch bans fans after racist chanting incident


Football club FC Den Bosch has banned a number of supporters from its grounds following racist chanting last November.

The Dutch FA and public prosecution service are still investigating the incident which led to the match between FC Den Bosch and Excelsior being suspended for 10 minutes after Excelsior striker Ahmad Mendes Moreira complained of being targeted by a section of the home fans.

A spokesman for the club told local broadcaster Omroep Brabant that the bans were ‘not necessarily in the category racism and discrimination’. Nor would the club say how many supporters had been banned.

‘Let us keep it for the moment at wrongdoing,’ the spokesman said. ‘Think, for example, about throwing plastic cups in the direction of the pitch.’

The club’s own internal report into the incident has been handed over to the KNVB.

The incident on November 17 was the first time a professional match in the Netherlands has been stopped because of racism.

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