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Ajax fans violated coronavirus restrictions to celebrate the club’s victory

Thousands of Ajax fans crammed the streets of Amsterdam, violating the restrictions of coronavirus only to celebrate the club’s 35th Dutch National League title.

After Ajax won 4-0 against FC Emmen, supporters outside Ajax’s Johan Cruijff Arena waved flags, fired a flare, and even carried weapons. Police decided not to enforce coronavirus rules for fear of provoking the group of people to an escalation of violence. 

In addition, fifteen people have been arrested. These people were arrested mainly because they carried weapons or fireworks, a spokesman for the city council told AT5. 

Players did not ignore the fans

Players and club CEO Edwin van der Sar decided not to ignore the fans, they went on a balcony and overlooked the square to show off the trophy, which made dozens of fans climb steep the walls. The players went back into the stadium after the police requested them, and the crowd dispersed around 7 pm.

Ajax said that this gathering was not arranged with supporters and that it was a “spontaneous gesture”. 

We are very aware of our responsibility”, a spokesman said, “but in the view of the huge number of fans that had gathered outside this was probably better than ignoring them.”

This season, fans were not allowed to watch the match from the inside, and they were overjoyed with the club’s triumph since the start of the pandemic abandoned the victory of the last season. 

Amsterdam council imposed an emergency order by banning public meetings on Leidseplein, the place where Ajax fans celebrate the club’s victory, and all the cafes around the square were closed. 

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