Dirk Kuyt was forced to act as peacemaker on Saturday afternoon after Ajax fans allegedly attacked family members of the Feyenoord U19s squad during a heated encounter.

The youth teams of Ajax and Feyenoord went head-to-head in a title-deciding match at the Sportpark De Toekomst.

But the game was marred by the clash in the stands, in which Ajax fans were accused of violence towards Feyenoord supporters.

It is claimed by RTV Rijnmond that the commotion was caused because parents of the Feyenoord players cheered a chance in the stands - and Ajax fans took offence.

The game was suspended because of the incident

Feyenoord boss Kurt and Ajax counterpart John Heitinga - both former Premier League stars - soon intervened in an attempt to calm things down.

Stanley Brard, head of youth education at Feyenoord, and Edwin van der Sar, general manager of Ajax, also tried to break the violence up.

The unsavoury scenes meant the game was suspended with just 33 minutes played, and the referee ultimately abandoned the action altogether.

Feyenoord later released a statement confirming the statement. It said: "The decision was made after the game was stopped due to an escalation in one of the stands, when accompanying family members of Feyenoord players were attacked.

Kuyt, the Feyenoord u19s coach, leaves the pitch

"The players and staff members of both teams all went inside during the temporary shutdown.

"Inside, it was determined by Feyenoord that the safety of players, family members of players and other invitees of Feyenoord could not be guaranteed.

"It was then decided to definitively cease the competition. All those present at Feyenoord were able to leave the sports park safely and unharmed."

Footage circulated on Twitter showed Kuyt and Van der Sar having a chat after the incident, before the Feyenoord coach departed the stadium.

Feyenoord knew they needed only a draw to secure the title, while Ajax needed a victory over their rivals to secure the championship.

The game was goalless at the time, and it is unclear when the match will be rescheduled, or where it will be played.

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