Cup tie at Ajax abandoned

Published on 21 december 11, 00:00
AMSTERDAM- Wednesday’s KNVB Cup tie at Ajax has been abandoned after 37 minutes following a pitch invasion by an Ajax fan. The supporter ran on to the field and went to attack Esteban. The AZ goalkeeper defended himself and was subsequently sent off, when Ajax were leading 1-0 thanks to Gregory van der Wiel´s  goal. AZ left the pitch as the players did not feel safe on the field and decided not to restart the game.

The case will be submitted to the prosecutor of the KNVB. AZ will release an official statement on Thursday.


Ajax – AZ 1-0 (suspended)

KNVB Cup round of 16


Ajax: Jasper Cillissen; Gregory van der Wiel, Ricardo van Rhijn, Jan Vertonghen, Dico Koppers; Davy Klaassen, Eyong Enoh, Theo Janssen; Miralem Sulejmani, Nicolás Lodeiro, Derk Boerrigter.

AZ: Esteban; Etiënne Reijnen, Niklas Moisander, Nick Viergever, Simon Poulsen; Pontus Wernbloom, Rasmus Elm, Adam Maher; Roy Beerens, Jozy Altidore, Brett Holman.

Goals: 8. Van der Wiel 1-0.

Booked: Enoh (Ajax), Altidore (AZ).

Sent off  (37th min):  Esteban (AZ).

Referee: Bas Nijhuis

Attendance: 37.000