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More than 150 Dutch soccer fans arrested over antisemitic songs on way to game

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Published: 9 May 2023

Last updated: 5 March 2024

Local media says detainees are supporters of AZ Alkmaar who were at a train station on their way to a match against Jewish-associated club Ajax Amsterdam.

Dutch police arrested more than 150 soccer fans on after they chanted antisemitic slogans while on their way to a game in Amsterdam.

The incident happened at a metro station close to the capital’s Johan  Cruyff Arena, home of Ajax Amsterdam, at around 7:30pm local time, police said in a statement.

“Police arrested 154 soccer supporters this evening for singing antisemitic songs on a subway,” police said.

“Supporters were asked several times to stop singing” before action was taken, they added. Officers arrested them on public insult charges.

Local news station AT5 said those arrested were AZ supporters.


Over 150 Dutch soccer fans arrested over antisemitic songs on way to game (Times of Israel)

Photo: AZ Alkmaar supporters set off fireworks during a match against SC Heerenveen in Alkmaar, Netherlands, last month (EPA/Ed van de Pol)

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