Sunday De Klassieker between Ajax and Feyenoord was suspended after fans hurled flares onto the pitch and mounted police fired tear gas to disperse rioting fans outside the stadium.
After the game was stopped, a group of irate Ajax supporters attempted to push their way into the Arena stadium, prompting the police to use tear gas to disperse them, according to a post from the Amsterdam police department on social media platform X.
“After the stopped game supporters broke into the main (stadium) entrance. Order has since been restored,” the police said.
“It is a jet black day, this makes it even worse,” Ajax coach Maurice Steijn told broadcaster NOS.
When the game was called off in the second half, Ajax was down 3-0.
Ajax, who has had a difficult start to the season with only one victory, is currently ranked 13th out of 18 teams, and they gave up all three goals in the opening period.
The referee halted the game and told the players to enter the tunnel after flares were thrown onto the field once more, this time with many falling close to the goal.
The club’s announcement that “Lighting of fireworks is prohibited” was shown on the Johan Cruyff Arena’s large screen went unnoticed by the crowd.
“De Klassieker has been permanently suspended after repeated fireworks on the field,” Eredivisie said in a statement.
“More information on playing out this game will follow later.”
Last year, Ajax came in third place but failed to advance to the Champions League for the first time in 13 years. Over the course of the previous 12 seasons, they had won seven championships and placed second five times.