Dutch courage! Former Holland team-mates Dirk Kuyt and Johnny Heitinga step in to stop ugly scenes as violence breaks out between ultras during Under 19 title-deciding clash between rivals Ajax and Feyenoord
- Dirk Kuyt and Johnny Heitinga watched on as Feyenoord U19s faced rivals Ajax
- In the small stadium, tensions began to boil in the stands among fans
- Ajax’s Sportpark De Toekomst boasts a capacity of 2,250 with one grandstand
- Kuyt, Heitinga and others were forced to intervene as trouble started to unfold
Former Premier League stars Dirk Kuyt and Johnny Heitinga have been embroiled in fan violence after trying to break up fights between Dutch ultras during an Under-19 match.
Ugly scenes unfolded during a title-deciding youth clash between rivals Ajax and Feyenoord, forcing players and staff from either side to intervene and bring things under control.
As the match was underway, reports in Holland have suggested Ajax supporters ‘sought confrontation with family members of the Feyenoord youth,’ before things quickly started to get out of hand in the stands.
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Former Liverpool man Dirk Kuyt (right) waded into the crowd as trouble spilled over
The Feyenoord coach was joined by security as violence occurred during the U19 encounter
Fans looked shaken up as tension spilled over in the crowd as Ajax hosted Feyenoord
Tensions were high before the game, with the Feyenoord youngsters only needing a draw in order to win the title at the home of their foe.
Ajax, in contrast, knew they had to beat their bitter rivals in order to lift the trophy.
Feyenoord fans packed into the small Sportpark De Toekomst stadium and were voicing their support for the team, before things quickly turned sour.
Kuyt then walked away with former Everton rival and now Ajax youth coach Johnny Heitinga
Heitinga looked visibily frustrated as he walked across the field with Kuyt just behind
The Ajax youth coach cut a frustrated figure after learning the match would be abandoned
Kuyt (centre) and other staff members tried as best they could to calm the situation
Former Liverpool man Kuyt, now a youth coach at his former club Feyenoord, was pictured wading into the stands with security in hope of reasoning with supporters.
Ex-Everton man Heitinga – who now coaches the Ajax youth side – was also seen in the melee, and later looked visibly annoyed by the events as Kuyt and other staff members ushered him away.
Edwin Van der Sar of Ajax was also reported to have been in attendance, and likewise tried to act in order to bring angry fans under control.
As a result of the violent scenes erupting, the referee brought a halt to the game with just over 30 minutes on the clock, and the scoreline locked at 0-0.
The players were taken safely into the two dressing rooms, before the officials made the call to officially abandon the tie.
It now remains unclear as to when and how the fixture is to be rescheduled, with a league title still hanging in the balance.