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Ajax star Steven Berghuis has been captured seemingly punching a fan who allegedly hurled racist abuse at his team-mate.
Netherlands international Berghuis was on his way to boarding the Ajax team coach after Sunday's 3-1 Eredivisie defeat at Twente. However, the departure was delayed after the winger was seen appearing to unleash a right hook on a rival fan.
Dutch daily Tubantia reported the supporter in question had made a racial remark to another Ajax player, Brian Brobbey while he attempted to board the away team coach. Berghuis clearly took umbrage at the alleged remark and made his feelings known before leaving Enschede.
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The 31-year-old played only 18 minutes in Ajax's last game of the season having missed the previous three games due to injury. However, we was unable to influence the final result as John Heitinga's side settled for third.
That marks the club's joint-lowest league finish since 2009, having gone 13 straight seasons finishing second or higher since then. Feyenoord won their first league crown since 2017, meanwhile, to automatically qualify for the Champions League, while PSV placed second.
Berghuis has another two years to run on his deal in Amsterdam but might expect punishment for his actions on Sunday.
Reports in the Dutch media suggested Ajax were waiting to assemble evidence over the incident before commenting on the matter. The issue is all the more personal for Berghuis considering he got his professional start at Twente.
The 45-times capped Netherlands international debuted for the Tukkers in early 2011, but it wasn't until he joined AZ Alkmaar the following year that he started to find his stride. Berghuis impressed before earning a move to then-Premier League Watford in 2015, but he left after a year to join Feyenoord, where he found his greatest success.
Ajax's underwhelming displays this term mean they'll miss the Champions League next season, ending more than a decade of consecutive qualifications for the competitions. The Godenzonen will instead settle for a spot in the Europa League, though former Everton and Fulham defender Heitinga may no longer be in charge.
Berghuis' brutish display capped the campaign with more controversy, albeit for altruistic reasons should any reports of racism prove true.
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