Utrecht supporters in fights against Fortuna Sittard fans

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Just as the police warned before the game, there was trouble at the match when supporters used the rubble from a  building site close to the ground to attack each other. The police intervened on Saturday night after the match between Fortuna Sittard and FC Utrecht.

Fans of FC Utrecht also caused vandalism to a fence outside the stadium. This then caused a confrontation with supporters of the home team. In the fight a steward of Fortuna Sittard was injured.

That confrontation, according to a spokeswoman from the municipality of Sittard-Geleen, lasted only briefly. The police were on the spot very quickly and when the need came, the police intervened and the supporters eventually boarded the buses to Utrecht and left for home peacefully. The fact that they were there restored the peace, but according to the police union ACP, rocks and paving stones were thrown at the police.

Police trade unions were furious in advance with Mayor Sjraar Cox of Sittard-Geleen because the match had not been postponed and the building rubble the police had complained about had not been cleared. The unions argued that too little had been done to ensure safety. As an ACP trade union spokesman said, there had been one hundred police, including police on horseback and police dogs for a football match where the rubble was available for hooligan supporters to use and they were proved right.

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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