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Ajax Amsterdam Imposes Strange Ban on Their Own Fans Ahead of New Season
- Ajax football club is concerned over the rising cases of fans asking players for their shirt through cardboard posters during games
- The cardboards pose a fire hazard, according to the club, and the requests pile pressure on players to please fans
- Several signs were confiscated on Sunday, when Ajax hosted PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch Super Cup
Ajax Amsterdam has come up with a strange new ban that will see fans prohibited from holding up signs asking for players’ shirts after the game.
This comes amid concern from the Dutch Champions, who have reportedly told Ajax supporters association that there has been an increased number of such cases.
A worrying number of children attending games have been spotted holding up banners asking for football stars’ shirts in recent times.
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According to a report on Independent, Ajax Football clubs feel players are under pressure yet they cannot possibly fulfill every fan’s wish after the game.
The cardboard used to send the messages have also been seen as a fire hazard in the stadium.
Ajax hosted PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch Super Cup on Sunday, July 31, and during that game, several cardboards bearing messages were confiscated.
The hosts were beaten 5-2 in the thrilling derby.
Meanwhile, football fans on social media welcomed the move, pointing out that cases of players being asked for shirts was getting out of hand.
“Thankyou @AFCAjax You have done the world of football an eternal favour." One fan said.
"Embarrassing it happens and embarrassing that it’s grown men/women, great decision," another supporter added.
"Should be mandatory at every club." Went another.
Ajax will kick off their title defence on Saturday, August 6 against Fortuna Sittard in their first league game since Erik Ten Hag departed for Manchester United.
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In May, Ajax confirmed their next manager, barely 24 hours after winning the Eredivisie title.
The Amsterdam club announced that Alfred Schreuder would be replacing Erik Ten Hag.
Schreuder, also a Dutchman, takes over at the club barely four months after taking charge of Belgian outfit Club Brugge.
He is no stranger to Ajax football club has he previously worked with Ten Hag as his assistant.