Dutch match might be replayed after fan incident

AP, Thursday 22 Dec 2011

The Dutch soccer federation is debating whether to replay a cup match between Ajax and AZ Alkmaar that was halted after a fan ran onto the field and tried to attack Alkmaar’s goalkeeper

Amsterdam
A snap shot of Costa Rican goalkeeper Esteban Alvarado has been sent off for kicking a fan who attacked him during a Dutch Cup tie in Amsterdam.

Esteban Alvarado deflected the attack but was given a red card for kicking the supporter in anger immediately afterward.

Alkmaar’s team left the field in protest and the game was halted in the 36th minute. Ajax was leading 1-0. The players’ union has demanded that the red card be retracted.

The federation said Thursday it will decide soon whether Wednesday’s match should be replayed, resumed, or have Ajax declared the winner

The 19-year-old supporter is in police custody along with 25 others arrested in disturbances during and after the match.

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