Ajax vs Feyenoord Suspended Due To Home Fans’ Interruption
It was supposed to headline this weekend’s Eredivisie fixtures, however, Ajax’s match against Feyenoord was suspended after home fans threw flares onto the pitch to try and stop their impending loss.
Feyenoord were 3-0 up inside 37 minutes when the Ajax fans started throwing objects onto the pitch and the game was stopped just before half-time before continuing with nine added minutes.
However, just 10 minutes into the second-half, the referee suspended the game when fans again threw flares and fireworks onto the pitch in anger over recent results.
Videos then emerged of angry home fans destroying a turnstile and Ajax are in a state of turmoil.
It is unknown when the second-half will be replayed or if Feyenoord will automatically win the game, in scenes reminiscent of last season’s game against Groningen.
Ajax have been struggling since Erik ten Hag left for Manchester United in 2022 and their once-formidable team of backroom staff have been dismantled.
Their former sporting director Marc Overmars resigned in February 2022 and three managers have come and gone since ten Hag. Alfred Schreuder lasted six months and John Heitinga just five before current manager Maurice Stejin took over this summer.
Pressure is mounting on Stejin after their poor start to the season where they have just picked up five points from four games before today and fans are extremely unhappy.
A series of big names also left the club including midfielders Mohammed Kudus and Edson Alvarez to West Ham, defender Jurrien Timber to Arsenal and Calvin Bassey to Fulham.
Davy Klassen and Dusan Tadic left on free transfers to Inter Milan and Fenerbahce respectively and it currently looks like that wealth of experience is missing at the club and Ajax’s gameplan this season has failed.
After Feyenoord’s blistering start, two goals from Santiago Gimenez and one from Igor Paixao compounding the damage, everyone is asking what has gone wrong for the Amsterdam club who in 2019 reached the Champions League semi-finals and were recognised as one of the best ran clubs.
The Dutch FA will be punishing them for the fans’ discipline and it looks scary for Ajax right now as they are falling down as they sit in the bottom five in the Eredivisie.
Can they get back to their old ways? Even more importantly, how can they do that?
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