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Thursday, April 11, 2019

'Weapons seized' and more than 140 arrested prior to Champions League match

The Amsterdam ArenA in the Netherlands.
The Amsterdam ArenA in the Netherlands.

Dutch police arrested more than 140 people as trouble flared prior to the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal first-leg tie between Ajax and Juventus on Wednesday.
Supporters from both teams clashed ahead of the game at the Johan Cruyff ArenA, police said, with a number of weapons, including a hammer, screwdriver and cans of pepper spray confiscated.
"Two large groups, in particular Italian supporters, have been arrested," a police statement read.
    "The first group, 46 suspects, was arrested in the metro and the second group, 61 suspects, was arrested at the ArenA [stadium]."
    "Weapons and fireworks were found in these groups.
    Dutch police officers surround Ajax's supporters ahead of the match.
    Dutch police officers surround Ajax's supporters ahead of the match.

    Police confirmed that officers on horseback were then deployed to restore order as fans set off fireworks at the south side of the stadium where more than 30 further arrests were made.
    Footage on social media appeared to show police using water cannon against supporters.
    Police said they are continuing to investigate the incidents, while UEFA -- European football's governing body -- confirmed it was still waiting to receive the official reports.
      On the pitch, Ajax fought back to earn a 1-1 draw after Cristiano Ronaldo had headed Juventus in the lead.
      The return leg of the fixture is scheduled for April 16.

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