While Ajax was leading at the Waalwijk ground (2-3) and there were only a few minutes left until the final signal, the match, which counts for the 7th day of the Dutch championship, had to be definitively abandoned after a violent clash between two. players and a blow to the head received by the goalkeeper of the home team, Etienne Vaessen, which knocked him out. While the goalkeeper was treated by doctors from both clubs, players from both teams, visibly moved by this spectacular knockout, formed a circle around the goalkeeper as a sign of solidarity.
After several minutes of intensive care on the pitch, the 28-year-old goalkeeper was finally evacuated on a stretcher. The latter would also have been revived by the trainers present on the ground at the time, as revealed on Saturday night by the agency ANP. The match was therefore logically abandoned while the stadium announcer justified this decision by saying that the players were “too affected to continue playing”. The Dutch goalkeeper, for his part, was conscious when he was taken to hospital, according to the latest disputes ofESPN.