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Jan 30, 2013

Den Bosch sorry for Altidore treatment

Den Bosch have issued an apology to AZ Alkmaar's Jozy Altidore after a section of their supporters hurled racist abuse at the striker during Tuesday's KNVB Beker clash, while promising that they will both catch and punish those responsible.

Altidore, 23, was subjected to monkey chants during the game, with referee Reinold Wiedemeijer bringing play to a halt, only for the player himself to request that it carry on. The former Villarreal man went on to score from the penalty spot in a 5-0 win.

Den Bosch issued a statement on their official website on Wednesday labelling those fans who abused him as "hooligans" and saying they had "ruined the week-long preparation by the club, supporters and volunteers" to get the game on despite the bad weather. They added that they were "upset and disappointed" at the abuse which left "scars" on the club.

Den Bosch director Peter Bijvelds, who had addressed the crowd at half-time with an appeal for the abuse to stop, said: "FC Den Bosch will, aided by all those people who do good for their club, do everything in their power in the coming period to bring the perpetrators to justice. They do not belong in De Vliert (the Den Bosch stadium) and will have the most severe sanctions imposed on them."

Den Bosch fans caused further trouble during the game, with the match halted again when snowballs were thrown at an official.

Altidore said after the match that he felt it was right to continue playing and not to respond to the insults.

"I feel like I have an obligation as a football player, to my club, to my family, to not react to things like this and to show that the club stands better than that, that I was raised better than to respond to such ridiculous behaviour.

"It's a bit disappointing. You would hope that we as humanity can grow from these kind of times but at the end of the day, it's still alive, racism. All we can do is try to educate ourselves, and try to raise young kids to be better than that."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report

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