[QODLink]
Football

Club says racists face toughest sanctions

One of Dutch football's most prolific strikers suffers racist abuse during Cup match between Den Bosch and AZ Alkmaar.
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2013 14:36
US forward Jozy Altidore says chants were the worst abuse he has received on a football pitch [AP]

Dutch club FC Den Bosch pledged on Wednesday to do all it can to identify and punish a group of fans who hurled racist abuse at United States striker Jozy Altidore during a match.

Den Bosch said that fans responsible for the monkey chants on Tuesday in the Dutch Cup match against Altidore's AZ Alkmaar 'do not belong in the De Vliert (Stadium) and will face the toughest possible sanctions.'

The racist chants gave a hollow ring to the slogan 'Without respect, no football'' that was coined by Dutch football authorities in the aftermath of the death of a linesman who was attacked by players after a match between two youth teams near Amsterdam in December.

Altidore, who is black, was not available for comment on Wednesday. After the match, he told Dutch television the chants were the worst abuse he has been subjected to on a football field.

"A cup tie that was supposed to be played in an atmosphere of respect has left us scarred"

FC Den Bosch statement

"It's a bit disappointing that these things still happen in this time that we're in," Altidore told Eredivisie Live.

"But what you going to do? You just hope these people can find a way to improve themselves. You can only pray for them."

Altidore, one of Dutch football's most prolific strikers this season, scored a goal from the penalty spot in his team's 5-0 win over Den Bosch and urged the referee not to take the players off the field despite the chants.

The 23-year-old American said education is the key to stamping out such chants.

"At the end of the day it's still alive, racism. All we can do now is try to educate ourselves, the young kids coming up, to be better than that," Altidore said.

Den Bosch condemned the chants from a small section of the crowd.

"A cup tie that was supposed to be played in an atmosphere of respect has left us scarred," the club said in a statement on their website. 

Referee Reinold Wiedemeijer halted play briefly in the second half because fans threw balls of ice at his linesmen.

Offensive chants are nothing new in Dutch football stadiums, but it had been hoped that the sharpened focus on respect following the death of volunteer linesman Richard Nieuwenhuizen might help eradicate them.

"(The fans) totally ruined weeks of preparations with monkey chants, throwing things at match officials and not showing respect for those on and around the pitch," Den Bosch said.

424

Source:
AP
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Israel's Operation Protective Edge is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.
Muslims and Arabs in the US say they face discrimination in many areas of life, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks.
At one UN site alone, approximately four children below the age of five are dying each day.
Featured
Amid vote audit and horse-trading, politicians of all hues agree a compromise is needed to avoid political instability.
Part of the joint accord aimed at ending the political impasse establishes an independent National Election Commission.
Rights groups say the US prosecution of terrorism cases targets Muslims and are fraught with abuses.
Local painters forgo experimentation to cater to growing number of foreign buyers.
Cyprus is a tax haven and has long attracted wealthy Russians, but it could become a European energy hub.
join our mailing list