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DTotD: Pitch invader attacks Alkmaar keeper, gets beaten

Dirty Tackle

With Ajax leading AZ Alkmaar 1-0 in the 35th minute of their Dutch Cup round of 16 match, a pitch invader charged at Alkmaar goalkeeper Esteban Alvarado. The fiery keeper did not appreciate this, so he kicked the snot out of the pitch invader and ended up getting a red card for it.

That's when Alkmaar decided it didn't want to play anymore. From Reuters:

Costa Rican Esteban appeared to retaliate against the fan after being kicked himself.

After he was dismissed Alkmaar coach Gert Jan Verbeek ordered his team to leave the pitch and the match was called off with Ajax leading 1-0.

"Verbeek ordered the team off the pitch to control the situation and in the dressing room our players said that they don't feel safe anymore on the pitch," said Alkmaar's technical director Earnest Stewart.

The 19-year-old pitch invader was arrested and Ajax manager Frank de Boer said he understood Alkmaar's decision. I'm guessing that kid won't run at a goalkeeper ever again.

UPDATE: The Dutch Football Association has decided to rescind Esteban's red card, stating ""The keeper was attacked unexpectedly and therefore the prosecutor judged that his mood caused his response against his attacker."

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