Giant smoke bombs burst in PSV Eindhoven v AFC Ajax Eredivisie football match, video
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Giant smoke bombs burst in PSV Eindhoven v AFC Ajax Eredivisie football match, video

Dutch giants AFC Ajax’s title hopes were dealt a blow on Sunday as they fell 0-1 to Eredivisie champions PSV Eindhoven in a match which was interrupted after thick smoke filled the stadium

football Updated: Apr 24, 2017 13:29 IST
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Black smoke engulfs the tribune during the PSV Eindhoven vs AFC Ajax Eredivisie football match in Eindhoven on Sunday.(AFP)

Thick black fumes from smoke bombs engulfed stands at PSV Eindhoven’s crunch home game against AFC Ajaxon Sunday, interrupting the match and leaving several fans with breathing and eye problems.

Dozens of people scattered to take refuge as black smoke billowed through the Philips Stadion, forcing the referee to suspend play five minutes into the second half.

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Ten fans, four security guards and a steward suffered respiratory or eye problems, according to the Dutch press agency ANP. A 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of letting off the devices, it added.

The game resumed shortly after the interruption but photos and videos of the huge cloud of smoke, spewing out from behind advertising hoardings near the touchline, were shared widely on social media.

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Players from both teams stood on the pitch watching the smoke cloud after referee Kevin Blom brought the game to a halt.

Jurgen Locadia scored the only goal after 25 minutes as defending Eredivisie champions PSV won 1-0, dealing a blow to 33-time winners Ajax who are bidding for their first title since 2014.

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Peter Bosz’s side could not afford to slip up after leaders Feyenoord’s 2-0 win over Vitesse earlier on Sunday. Ajax are four points behind Feyenoord with two games to play. PSV are third, a further three points behind.

First Published: Apr 24, 2017 13:23 IST