Fans clash with players after Dutch playoff match

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) Fans have attacked players of Dutch team Go Ahead Eagles after a promotion-relegation playoff match against top-flight team De Graafschap Doetinchem.

The Go Ahead Eagles players were celebrating after Sunday’s 1-1 draw in Doetinchem ensured the team will return to the Dutch top flight next season when De Graafschap fans stormed the pitch and some aimed punches and kicks at the celebrating players.

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Television images showed stewards intervening to shepherd the players off the pitch to safety.

De Graafschap quickly issued a statement condemning the fans involved and saying “we will solve this with security staff and the police.”

The Dutch football association tweeted that video of the incident would be sent to its disciplinary panel.