PSV fans under fire for humiliating beggars
17 March 2016, 10:22
Madrid -Fans of Dutch side PSV Eindhoven came under fire in Spain on Wednesday for throwing money at beggars and mocking them as they desperately scrambled to scoop up the coins.
Spain's interior minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz described the scenes as "an absolute disgrace" while the president of the Madrid regional government Cristina Cifuentes was outraged by the "lamentable" behaviour".
"I feel ashamed that in Madrid -- even if the hooligans are from a foreign team -- we see such scenes. It's not only racism but an absolute lack of humanity."
Images broadcast by Spanish media showed Dutch fans seated on the terrace of a bar in the Plaza Mayor a few hours before Tuesday's game against Atletico Madrid, throwing coins on the ground to force beggars to collect them.
"This behaviour is outrageous. We want to clearly dissociate ourselves from the conduct of some fans," said PSV president Toon Gerbrands.
"PSV will take appropriate action, which could include stadium bans or tougher sanctions."