Investigation launched into police actions ahead of Ajax-Juventus match

Amsterdam police on Dam Square ahead of the Champions League quarter finals match between Ajax and Juventus, 10 April 2019
Amsterdam police on Dam Square ahead of the Champions League quarter finals match between Ajax and Juventus, 10 April 2019Photo: NL Times

Amsterdam asked the COT, its institute for security- and crisis management, to conduct an independent investigation into the police's actions before the Champions League quarter final between Ajax and Juventus last week Wednesday, the city said in a press release.

Before the match, the riot police intervened in a so-called entrada, a party with which Ajax fans sometimes usher in important matches. The entrada is always accompanied by a lot of signing and fireworks.The police used water canons and police horses to disperse the supporters. The crowds of fans also included children and people in wheelchairs, according to NOS. The Ajax supporters association called the police action disproportionate and spoke of provocation by the police. 

On Friday the Amsterdam city council concluded that mistakes may have been made. The COT will investigate what went wrong. The Amsterdam mayor, police and Public Prosecutor will also meet with Ajax and the team's supporter association to discuss events. 

The municipality will also look into whether they want to continue using water canons, according to NOS. Other European countries no longer use them. 

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