Ajax vs. Alkmaar to start from scratch
AMSTERDAM -- The cup match between Ajax and AZ Alkmaar that was halted after a fan ran onto the field and attacked AZ goalkeeper Esteban Alvarado will be replayed in full next month behind closed doors, the Dutch soccer association announced Wednesday.
The Dec. 21 match at the Amsterdam Arena was abandoned in the 36th minute with AZ trailing 1-0 after Alvarado was sent off for kicking the 19-year-old fan who launched a karate-style kick at him from behind.
The Dutch FA said it wouldn't have been reasonable to resume the match in the 37th minute because AZ would have to play with 10 men due to the Costa Rica goalkeeper's red card, even though it was later rescinded.
Police arrested 25 fans amid rioting outside the stadium after the match was called off last week.
The rematch will be played Jan. 19. The winner plays amateur club GVVV in the quarterfinals.
The Dutch FA also fined Ajax $13,000 for failing to prevent the fan -- who was supposed to be serving a 3-year ban from attending matches at the Arena -- from invading the field.
Ajax announced shortly after the match it would never again sell the man a club card or season ticket and later tweeted that it had slapped him with a 30-year stadium ban.
Football authorities also gave Ajax a suspended sentence of playing one home match without fans. That sanction will only be applied if the club commits another offense in the next two years.
Ajax had until Jan. 2 to appeal, but financial director Jeroen Slop said the club would accept the sanctions.
The fan has been in police custody since he was arrested after stewards led him off the ground. Dutch media reported that his family went into hiding after receiving telephone threats.
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press
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