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Hooligans Attack Players And Stewards During Dutch Football Game

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Hooligans Attack Players And Stewards During Dutch Football Game

Thankfully football in England has come a long way since the darkest hooligan days of the 1980s, but it doesn't stop bad behaviour from cropping up every now and again both domestically and elsewhere.

A pitch invasion during a recent Dutch second division game saw hooligans attacking both players and stewards as fans grew angry at a heavy defeat. Talk about spitting your dummy out.

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Go Ahead Eagles got thumped 4-0 at home to De Graafschap, as three goals in 16 minutes in the second half riled up home fans something rotten.

Home fans were so incensed that they saw fit to beat De Graafschap in quite a literal way, bursting onto the pitch to have a go at the players, who retaliated with punches and kicks.

As stewards struggled to contain fans running on the pitch, Go Ahead players raced back onto the scene in an attempt to protect their fellow players.

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Security staff eventually seemed to have gotten the situation under control after they managed to pin a few of the thugs down, with the help of plainclothes police.

But the first wave of would-be attackers inspired other fans to dive onto the pitch, leaping over the pitch barriers and diving onto staff.

While the two sets of fans in the stands tried their best to get at one another, thankfully a partition successfully kept them apart.

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A statement by Go Ahead Eagles slammed the incident, saying that the club was 'deeply shamed' by its fans' behaviour.

"Go Ahead Eagles distances itself from and condemns the behaviour of a small part of the audience of the Go Ahead Eagles-De Graafschap contest," the statement read.

"After the game, some people entered the playing field, after which they attacked the opponent's players. Go Ahead Eagles is deeply ashamed.

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"The club makes every effort to take appropriate measures against those responsible."

The game had already been paused temporarily in the opening stages due to fans lighting and throwing fireworks.

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While incidents like these are rare in English football they do still happen, particularly at moments of high emotion.

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After Premier League leaders Manchester City's shock defeat to Wigan in the FA Cup last month, fans spilled onto the pitch in jubilation.

City striker Sergio Aguero was spotted raising his arms to one Wigan fan after the fan had seemingly spat in his direction. While Aguero faced no disciplinary action, City were fined £50,000 ($56,000) for failing to control players.

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