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De Graafschap fans attack Go Ahead Eagles players after losing Dutch play-off

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Watching your side lose a crucial match can be very infuriating but nothing can defend how the fans of De Graafschap reacted after they lost their play-off match 5-2 on aggregate to Go Ahead Eagles.

In Netherlands, like many other European leagues, they have a play-off match to decide whether a side stays in the division or is replaced by a side in a lower league.

De Graafschap had finished 17th so, to avoid relegation, needed to beat Go Ahead Eagles - who had finished fifth in the league below - to remain in the top-flight.

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But, after a 4-1 defeat in the first-leg, followed by a 1-1 draw at home, De Graafschap were replaced in the Eredivisie by Go Ahead Eagles.

But it’s fair to say the home fans didn’t take it too well. After the final whistle, many fans ran onto the pitch and started attacking the Go Ahead Eagles’ players in a shocking act of violence.

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Punches and kicks were thrown but it doesn’t appear that anyone was seriously injured.

Following the appalling incident Sjoerd Weikamp, member of the Graafschap Supervisory Board, slammed the actions of the invading supporters.

“We're going to fix the security and police,” Weikamp said, per the Daily Mail.

“We must realise this is a small group of about 10-15 people who ruin it for a full stadium.

“I did not see it coming, the emotion of some people became too much. Sometimes you see this in the city after a night out, but not with us in the stadium. This is the first time is has escalated on the field.”

It really was a dark day for the Dutch side who were relegated back to the Eerste Divisie just one year after being promoted, while they hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

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