Thursday, November 5, 2009

Special Police Unit Failed in Football Riots

An investigation of the football riots last summer after the game between Cambuur and Roda JC in Leeuwarden, has found that the main reasons for the riots were poor communication, an overcrowded and poorly secured stadium and major mistakes made by the special police unit. Six hundred people rioted; 25 policemen were injured. When the riots broke out the special unit was still putting on their uniforms. They had not brought tear gas and when it was finally brought to the stadium, it turned out that the police had no masks. Their mobile communication equipment was also not functioning.

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