During Wednesday’s Dutch Cup match between Eredivisie clubs AZ Alkmaar and Ajax, a crazed fan ran towards AZ goaltender Esteban Alvarado in the 38th minute, and attempted to land a kick to the Costa Rican goalie’s face. Alvarado did what any person in that situation would do—he retaliated with a few well-placed kicks of his own to the downed Ajax supporter, until teammates showed up and separated the two.
So what did Alvarado get for defending himself against the hooligan who invaded the pitch? Why, he got sent off the pitch after getting a red card for his violent outburst.
He most absolutely did.
Yes, the ref saw fit to eject the AZ netminder for kicking his attacker, because I’m assuming that soccer players are required to be perfect gentlemen, even when a crazed fan is bearing down on them with the sole intent to hurt them really, really bad.
Obviously the ejection stunned the AZ Alkmaar squad, and manager Gertjan Verbeek immediately pulled his players out of the game after Alvarado’s straight red, thus abandoning the match with Ajax leading 1-0. Wise move on Verbeek’s part, seeing that the refs clearly don’t have the players’ safety in mind.
Video of the bizarre incident follows the jump…
No word on whether the two teams will ever resume the match, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Alkmaar flat out refuses to finish the game, just out of principle alone.
[H/T to The Denim Kit]