AZ Alkmaar keeper kicks fan to spark game boycott


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The Dutch Football Federation has said it has yet to decide whether to replay a Cup match between Ajax and AZ that was abandoned after a fan ran on to the field to attack AZ's goalkeeper.

The Costa Rican keeper Esteban Alvarado deflected the attack by a 19-year-old fan, tripping him with a karate kick. But Esteban was given a red card for kicking the fan twice more as he lay on the floor. The Alkmaar coach, Gertjan Verbeek, ordered his players, who were livid with the referee, to walk off in protest rather than play with 10 men and the game was called off in the 36th minute. Ajax were leading 1-0 at the time.