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Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011

Soccer hooligan sentenced to prison


Amsterdam — A Dutch court sentenced the hooligan who attacked AZ Alkmaar's goalkeeper during a cup match against Ajax to a six-month prison term Thursday, media reported.

The man, identified under Dutch privacy laws only as Wesley van W., ran onto the Amsterdam Arena pitch on Dec. 21 and tried to kick goalkeeper Esteban Alvarado from behind. The Costa Rican keeper spun around and parried the attack before twice kicking the hooligan as he lay on the turf.

Prosecutors had sought a 10-month prison term at Thursday's trial.

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