THE HAGUE, Netherlands — U.S. striker Jozy Altidore was the target of racist chants Tuesday during a Dutch Cup game.
Altidore plays for AZ Alkmaar, and the taunts came during a quarterfinal against second-tier FC Den Bosch.
“It is terribly sad that this can happen for those involved and for lovers of football in the Netherlands,” AZ soccer director Earnie Stewart, a former U.S. midfielder, told Dutch television’s Eredivisie Live at halftime. “You hear that and wonder what on earth is going on.”
Stewart said Den Bosch officials are “ashamed” of the fans involved. The club repeatedly urged its fans to halt the chants, to no avail.
Referee Reinold Wiedemeijer wanted to stop the match in the first half because of “jungle sounds chanted at Altidore,” according to AZ’s official twitter feed. But AZ players, including Altidore, who is black, persuaded him not to.
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