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PSV bans soccer hooligan for 40 years for attacking player


EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (AP) — A soccer hooligan serving two months in prison for running onto the grounds of PSV Eindhoven’s stadium and attacking a player during a Europa League match has also been handed a 40-day ban years by the Dutch club.

The 20-year-old will not be allowed to enter the Philips Stadium for the duration of the ban, PSV said in a statement on Monday evening.

Prosecutors previously said the man had previous convictions for two football-related offenses and was under the influence of alcohol when he ran onto the pitch late in the game between PSV and Sevilla on February 23 and hit Sevilla goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic.

Dmitrovic was unharmed and knocked the hooligan to the ground before the stewards dragged him off the pitch.

The Dutch football federation had imposed a stadium ban on the hooligan, but he managed to enter using a ticket bought by a friend.

The man has since been handed what PSV called a two-year ‘area ban’ around the stadium.

He was fired from his job after the incident and expelled from his team’s supporters club.

PSV chief executive Marcel Brands said the incident prompted the club to discuss how best to enforce stadium bans.


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