Video: Keeper sent off in Dutch league game... for kicking pitch invader
Published 22/12/2011 | 11:16
A DUTCH league match between Ajax and AZ Alkmaar was abandoned last night after a pitch invader was involved in a scuffle with the visiting team’s goalkeeper.
After the skirmish, the Alkmaaar manager pulled his players off the pitch. Today home team Ajax apologised.
The game at the Amsterdam Arena had to be abandonment.
With 37 minutes gone, and with Ajax leading 1-0 thanks to Gregory Van Der Wiel's goal, a supporter ran on to the field and went to attack the AZ goalkeeper Esteban.
The Costa Rican responded by kicking the fan to the ground before stewards intervened.
Referee Bas Nijhuis then sent off the 22-year-old, prompting a furious reaction on the AZ bench.
AZ coach Gertjan Verbeek responded by calling his players from the field forcing Nijhuis to abandon the game.
"Our players did not feel safe on the field," AZ technical director Earnest Stewart said.
"We took a shower and went home. This does not belong in football and then we also get a red card. Now it's wait and see what the KNVB does."
Ajax director Jeroen Slop aplogised for the incident, saying: "This was a terrible incident and we deeply regret it and offer our sincere apologies.
"The supporter has been handed over to the police.
"It was a 19-year-old man who was probably under the influence of alcohol. He said he hated the AZ goalkeeper and had therefore attacked him."