Hooligans hurling seats and bottles injured several stewards and police made 26 arrests Tuesday night during rioting at an under-21 soccer international between the Netherlands and Morocco.The upshot of all this came today during an interview with the president of the Dutch Royal Football Association (KNVB):
The match, which Morocco won 2-0, had to be stopped twice in the second half when Moroccan fans ran onto the pitch. After the final whistle, dozens of supporters stormed the field.
Following the disturbances, KNVB is considering banning matches with Morocco for the next five years. "Their supporters apparently cannot behave themselves," a spokesman said to public broadcaster NOS. "It is not the first time they have spoiled a Moroccan match in our country."Wilder's PVV has put these questions into formal Second Chamber questions (NL). The last question really is a zinger:
After the match, the centre of Tilburg was also vandalised. Twenty-five arrests were eventually made, according to the police.
The Party for Freedom (PVV) supports KNVB but proposes continuing 'friendlies' against Moroccan teams, but without Moroccan spectators. PVV has asked Home Affairs Minister Guusje ter Horst and Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin how it could happen that there were scarcely any police in Tilburg even though Moroccan fans in the past two years vandalised stadiums in Utrecht, Arnhem, Kerkrade and Amsterdam.
Can you [the minister of Justice] assure that the 26 detained Moroccans, before they serve their hopefully long time, will tidy up and clean a number of Dutch footbal stadiums and will bring a toothbrush for the purpose? If not, why not?Made my day, that did...
[UPDATE001] It is all so sadly predictable: The misbehavior was a 'social protest'.
It was a political statement, a collective expression of disaffection.(Mohammed Allach, president of the Maroqui Stars foundation).
Remember Ondiep? Back then nobody said anything about social protests or political statements or collective expressions. Back then it was vile hooliganism and 'riot tourism'. Of course, the ones perpetrating the violence back then were of a less excusable ethnic variety, weren't they?
[UPDATE002] Fjordman pointed out to me that the incident described above follows hot on the heels of a ruling by the Equal Treatment Commission (CGB) that a Christian school may not require Muslim pupils to shake the teacher's hand. No good deed goes unpunished, apparently.