Fan banned for disturbing minute of silence to honor attack victims
That's the word from FC Utrecht chairman Jan Willem van Dop for the soccer fan who interrupted a moment of the silence for the victims of an attack on the Dutch royal family. The man, whose name was not released, was given a five-year stadium ban by the club Friday.
"We made it clear to him we will not tolerate this in our stands," van Dop said in a statement. "The man expressed his regret for his actions and apologized to the club."
The man began shouting during the moment of silence before the Dutch league 2-2 tie between FC Utrecht and Feyenoord on May 3. The moment of silence was for bystanders killed after a man attacked the Dutch royal family during a Queen's Day celebration by crashing his car near the royal family's open-top bus on a tour through the town of Apeldoorn. The royal family was not hurt. Five people were killed in the attack.
The driver of the car, who did not give a motive for the attack, later died from his injuries. Another woman died from her injuries more than a week after the April 30 incident.
FC Utrecht finished in ninth place in the Dutch Eredivisie this season, and lost to FC Groningen in the opening round of the UEFA Cup playoffs. The club was founded in 1970.