Amsterdam mayor Job Cohen is determined to ban Sunderland from the Amsterdam Tournament.
Amsterdam mayor warned to expect trouble between local rivals
Amsterdam mayor Job Cohen is determined to ban Sunderland from the Amsterdam Tournament because he fears fans will clash with Newcastle supporters.
The Black Cats have been invited to participate in the annual knockout along with Benfica, Atletico Madrid and hosts Ajax.
The tournament takes place between the July 24th-26th and fans have already snapped up the 4000 tickets that have been made available.
Local rivals Newcastle travel to nearby Utrecht on July 26th and the Football Association has warned their counterparts in Holland to expect trouble.
"It is out of the question that both clubs can play at the same time," Cohen told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.
"Talks with the municipal authorities and the club Utrecht have not ended in a result and I don't want to take any risks.
"It's not for nothing that we have been warned by the English FA. I understand that such a measure has far-reaching consequences for Ajax's traditional tournament but the safety of the city is the first priority."