154 AZ football club supporters arrested in Amsterdam for antisemitic chants

154 AZ football club supporters were arrested on Saturday in Amsterdam for singing antisemitic chants in a subway.

One hundred fifty-four fans of the football club AZ Alkmaar were arrested in Amsterdam for singing antisemitic songs in a subway, reports the NL Times. According to the police, they were arrested for group insult. Ajax played a home match against AZ on Saturday evening, which ended without a goal.

According to the police report, the AZ supporters were warned several times to stop chanting before the metro was finally stopped, and the fans were arrested. In addition to antisemitic chanting, some supporters also allegedly committed acts of vandalism.

The AZ Alkmaar football club condemned the behaviour of some of its supporters prior to Saturday’s game with Ajax in Amsterdam on their website: „AZ rejects and condemns the fact that a small section of its supporters uttered hurtful speech chants on their way to the stadium on Saturday night. The club strongly disapproves of inflammatory behaviour and discrimination in any form and emphatically distances itself from those who were guilty of this.”

The club said it is awaiting the investigation. „We are logically providing all the cooperation that is requested in this regard.”