Months in prison for rioters in ADO promotion match that got out of hand Dutch football

Four supporters of football club ADO Den Haag will be in prison in the coming months. They were convicted on Thursday for their involvement in the riots after the match against Excelsior at the end of May, in which their club missed promotion to the Eredivisie.

A 57-year-old man from Leidschendam was convicted of hitting a police officer twice with a drainpipe. The officer stated that he would certainly have been seriously injured if he had not worn protective clothes and helmet. The suspect called his action a “stupid mistake.”

Torches on the field. © ANP

A 24-year-old man from The Hague threw about ten stones at people from the police, could be seen on images from surveillance cameras. He also kicked a police bus. He did this because he was drunk and panicked because he had lost his group of friends and his car key, but the stones were not meant to hit people, he said at the hearing.

A 48-year-old man from Rijswijk tried to walk between the riot police after the match, was stopped and then kicked an officer. He was then bitten in the leg by a police dog. Other supporters tried to pull him loose. ,,They shouldn’t have done that, because they pulled my leg open. A second dog came to chase the crowd away, but it bit me too, that was my bad luck,” said the man.

The ME had to enter the field in The Hague.
The ME had to enter the field in The Hague. © Pro Shots / Mischa Keemink

He claimed to have had 20 beers. In 2019 he had already received a stadium ban of 81 months because he had misbehaved in an away game against Heracles in Almelo. ADO Den Haag had previously acknowledged that people with stadium bans had probably entered the stadium. The three suspects were all sentenced to six months in prison, of which two months were suspended.

The fourth suspect is a 25-year-old man from The Hague, who, among other things, hit an riot police officer with a belt. He was jailed for five months for that. He was previously sentenced to three years in prison for producing ecstasy and was slowly being prepared for a return to society. Later this month, he would be released on parole and be able to get out of prison altogether.

Hundreds of people were involved in the riots, but so far police have managed to locate only seven of them.

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