Players appeared worried as smoke billowed from a fire at the Amsterdam Arena in the Netherlands
Worried players watched as a huge fire broke out ahead of Dutch football giants Ajax’s Eredivisie clash with fierce rivals Feyenoord at Amsterdam’s Johan Cruyff Arena on Sunday.
Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana could only watch the smoke and flames rage during the disturbing home incident behind his goal ahead of the game known as the Klassieker in the Netherlands.
Footage showed referee Clay Ruperti appearing to walk to the side of the field and speak to an official about the fire.
No details of damage or injuries have been released about the second high-profile pyrotechnic incident at a soccer game on Sunday.
There were disturbing scenes in the Johan Cruyff Arena during the Ajax and Feyenoord match after a fire broke out in a section of the stand behind one of the goals. pic.twitter.com/HwnyM8NQQ0
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) March 21, 2022
A grenade appeared to explode on the pitch ahead of another derby, when Newell’s Old Boys visited Rosario Central in the Primera Division.
The Klassieker has become famous for its violent incidents and disorder since the 1970s.
A fan died in the 1997 ‘Battle of Beverwijk’ – a clash between club supporters on a motorway.
Away fans and home supporter groups were also banned from attending the game during some seasons.
Rotterdam side Feyenoord arrived in Amsterdam looking to keep their slim title hopes alive and twice took the lead against the league leaders in the game.
Ajax were knocked out of the Champions League in the arena by Benfica on Tuesday and spent nearly two-thirds of the game trailing.
Serbia striker Dusan Tadic equalized with a superb free-kick 12 minutes from time, then Brazilian winger Antony scored the winning goal four minutes from time to seal an epic 3-2 win for Ajax.
Antony was sent off at the death when he received a second yellow card for taking off his shirt.
Second-placed PSV’s 5-0 win at home to Fortuna Sittard meant defending champions Ajax remained top two points with seven league games to play. Feyenoord are 11 points behind them in third place.
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