[VIDEO PICK] A Dutch Cup match between first-place AZ, featuring Jozy Altidore, and host Ajax at the Amsterdam ArenA was
abandoned on Wednesday when AZ coach Gertjan Verbeek pulled his team off the field in the 36th minute after the referee red carded Costa Rican goalie Esteban Alvarado, who had been attacked by a fan but then kicked him twice when he was on the ground.
The 19-year-old fan had been drinking and ran on the field and approached Alvarado.
"I understand that Esteban was defending himself," said Referee Bas Nijhuis, "but he walked to [the fan] and kicked him multiple times. He could also have walked away."
Ajax, which was leading 1-0 on a goal by defender Gregory van der Wiel, apologized for the security breach and banned the fan for life.