Dutch Cup match suspended after fan attacks netkeeper [VIDEO]
A football match between Dutch clubs AFC Ajax and AZ Alkmaar was halted after a crazy fan ran onto the pitch and tried to attack Alkmaar goalkeeper Esteban Alvarado.
The 22-year-old Costa Rican, who was voted the top goalie in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup, responded by kicking the drunk supporter to the ground before stewards intervened. Alvarado then gets a red card for retaliating which led to AZ boss Gertjan Verbeek ordering his men off the pitch.
“Verbeek ordered the team off the pitch to control the situation and in the dressing room our players said that they don’t feel safe anymore on the pitch,” said Alkmaar’s technical director Earnest Stewart.
Ajax were leading 1-0 at the time of the abandonment. The current Eredivisie champions apologized for the incident and said the fan would receive a lifetime ban from games. No decision has yet been announced whether the match will be replayed.