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VVV-Venlo midfielder Zinedine Machach has been handed a one-match suspension for using 'threatening language' during the club's Eredivisie defeat to Ajax.
The 25-year-old, who is currently on loan at VVV from Serie A side Napoli, was involved in an altercation with Ajax player Devyne Rensch in the second half of Thursday's game at The Johan Cruyff Arena.
After both players battled for the ball, Machach gave away a free-kick after he appeared to drag Rensch to the ground.
Moments later, a pitchside microphone picked up a threat directed towards the Ajax player.
Machach can be clearly heard saying: "In the street I kill you, my friend" before marching off. You can see the full incident below.
KNVB have since released a statement via ESPN confirming the suspension. "In the opinion of the prosecutor, such statements do not belong on a football field."
In other news, Ajax have melted their Eredivisie title down to 42000 silver stars - which they will gift season-ticket holders in a remarkable show of respect.
Ajax melted down their 2020-21 league trophy to these stars and gave one to each and everyone of their season ticket holders this season, who's supported the club financially without getting to see them play live. Probably the coolest tribute yet by a club to their supporters. pic.twitter.com/aABYBUKTIa
- Maxi (@MaaxiAngelo) May 12, 2021
All top clubs take note of how a proper club treats their fans, amazing gesture and bravo @AFCAjax #XXXV #Ajax #FansFirst https://t.co/EzXos6qgsq
- Darren Richards (@DLRScouting71) May 12, 2021
Ajax's club director Edwin van der Sar discussed the gesture and explained how they've felt fan support 'every week' despite stands being empty.
He told Ajax.nl: "This season, we have largely had to play without our fans. Well, without them sitting in the stands, at least. Despite this, we have felt their support every week. On the way to the stadium, on social media and in our personal contacts.
"Previously, when we said 'this title is for you', we were expressing how we were doing it for the fans however sharing the trophy is the ultimate proof that we really are. After a turbulent year, we are ensuring our fans feel part of our championship."
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