Ajax Coach Tells Off Own Fans After Cup Match Is Suspended Twice

Ajax Coach Tells Off Own Fans After Cup Match Is Suspended Twice

Rene Otinga
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:30 PM
  • There were two separate incidents during the KNVB Cup semi-final between Ajax and Feyenoord
  • The fiery Wednesday night game at De Kuip was marred by fan behaviour, and the Ajax assistant manager was having none of it
  • At one point, he picked up the microphone and told off the fans, urging them to “use your brains”

Ajax’s assistant manager John de Wolf earned plaudits online after bravely telling off his club’s own fans on Wednesday, April 5.

This all happened during the KNVB Cup semi-final between Ajax and Feyenoord, which almost got derailed as a result of rowdy fans.

John de Wolf
Ajax assistant coach did not hold back in calling out his own fans after a player was struck by a flare. Photo: ESPN.
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The game already had hints that it would be a fiery one as less than a minute into the clash, the game was paused due to smoke caused by the supporters.

After the flares burned out, play eventually resumed and the two sides played without much incident until midway through the first half, when Ajax midfielder Davy Klaassen was struck by something on the head.

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It appeared the midfielder was struck with a lighter, and the impact left his head with a worrying wound. The referee had no choice but to halt play again.

As reported on SportBible, that completely irked de Wolf, who had a mic in his hand and he decided to address the Ajax fans directly, saying:

"Fans, at that side, use your brain" he said. "Make sure nothing is being thrown on the pitch again."

His stern statement led to some reactions online as some fans could not quite believe what they heard.

How the game went

As far as the game went, Ajax emerged 2-1 victors thanks to goals from Dusan Tadic and Davy Klaassen.

Vini and Gavi involved in heated exchange

Elsewhere, Sports Brief reported on an incident in Spain where Vinicius Junior and Gavi were in each other's faces during Wednesday evening's Copa del Rey semi-final clash between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The Brazilian was directly in the face of Gavi as the pair exchanged a couple of words before the former pushed the Spanish youngster away.

Vini's bullish act did not sit well with the Barcelona midfielder, who tried to retaliate but was held back by Eduardo Camavinga, forestalling what could have resulted in fisticuffs and eventual send-offs.

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