Dutch club claims Spanish journalists paid fans to cause trouble

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According to PSV Eindhoven, Dutch fans complained to the club that Spanish journalists offered them money to cause trouble during the recent midweek visit to Atletico Madrid in Champions League play.

“We have investigated the accusations that have come to us from our fans and we can assume that they are true,” PSV director general Toon Gerbrands told Eindhoven Dagblad. “The media were provoking our fans.”

PSV was defeated by Atletico Madrid 2-0 at the Vicente Calderon on Tuesday. Back in March, during another European matchup, Dutch fans were caught by Spanish media throwing money at beggars while shouting at them to complete tasks such as pushups. This time around, Dutch fans lit off fireworks outside the Atletico team hotel attempting to disrupt the team’s sleep, and they also lit off flares and other pyrotechnics inside the stadium.

Gerbrands would not release the names of fans identified in the coin-throwing incident, saying “we’re done with this issue.” The club banned the individuals from all future matches.

PSV is third in the Eredivisie table, six points behind leaders Ajax, but they sit bottom of Champions League Group D without a win in five matches, and have been eliminated from progression in the competition.