More ugly scenes, this time in Holland.
The referee in a Dutch Cup tie was forced to take the players off the field after striker Jozy Altidore was the victim of alleged racist chanting.
The tie, between second division Den Bosch and Eredivisie AZ Alkmaar was eventually restarted, with Alkmaar winning 5-0.
The ugly side of football reared its head again during a Dutch cup match – which was marred by racist chanting.
The quarter final between second-tier Den Bosch and first division AZ Alkmaar was brought to a halt, following racist chants seemingly directed at U.S. striker Jozy Altidore.
AZ were already 3-0 up in the first half when Altidore was brought down in the penalty area.
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Referee Reinold Wiedemeijer awarded a penalty and De Brock was sent off – Altidore then scored from the spot to make it 4-0, before half-time.
What sounded like ‘monkey chants’ could be heard from the stands.
Eight minutes into the second half, referee Wiedemeijer had heard enough and took the players from the field – later it was suggested that the home fans were throwing snowballs at his assistants at this point.
Den Bosch players then went over to their home fans and seemed to remonstrate with them.
According to Alkmaar’s twitter feed, the referee wanted to stop the match in the first half but Alkmaar players, including Altidore, apparently persuaded him not to.
After a brief pause, all of the players returned and the game was completed, it finished 5-0.
Victory for AZ Alkmaar but what seems to be an ongoing battle for football.
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