NOS Nieuws•vandaag, 11:00
The police have not yet arrested anyone in connection with the disturbances in the AFAS Stadium of AZ yesterday.
Rioters stormed the main stand of the AFAS Stadium after the elimination in the semi-finals of the Conference League. There they confronted supporters of opponent West Ham United.
A spokesperson for the police says that AZ is in principle responsible for maintaining safety in the stadium. “The police maintain public order and safety. After a call, we went to the stadium to restore that safety.”
Police have not ruled out subsequent arrests. “We will look at images to see whether criminal offenses have been committed and whether we can identify people,” says the spokesperson.
AZ regrets riots
General director Robert Eenhoorn of AZ said earlier that he regretted the riots. “You hope the fence will hold, but this was not the case. This did not go well and in the end I am ultimately responsible. We will discuss this internally, because it all went very quickly for me too.”
Some West Ham players became involved in the riots. They ran to the main grandstand to help relatives and friends who were attacked.
Also restless in London
Earlier in the day it was already restless in the city. Before the match, Eenhoorn noticed that the unrest also moved to the stadium. “I’m always downstairs right before the game and I already noticed that there was a lot of noise. Last week it was a bit noisy there too, but here we were too late. It’s disappointing how this evening ends. few reproaches in the field,” said Eenhoorn.
It was also restless at the duel in London last week. Several AZ supporters had to leave the stadium after being attacked by West Ham supporters.