Inter Milan and Ajax fans are ignoring social distance to celebrate title wins

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Thousands of happy football fans in Amsterdam and Milan have crisscrossed the city streets in violation of social distance rules to celebrate their clubs’ victories.

Today Ajax claimed their 35th league title, while Inter Milan ended their 10-year trophy drought to win the Serie A title.

Supporters outside Ajax’s Johan Cruyff Arena started with flares and waved flags after their club took a punishing 4-0 victory over FC Emmen.

Players could watch their cutlery show off to fans from a balcony, forcing dozens to climb a steep wall while trying to get close.

Fans were not allowed to watch games this season and raved about the club’s victory after last season’s potential win was scrapped due to the outbreak of the pandemic.

The authorities in Amsterdam implored fans not to travel to the stadium outside the city, as there are still restrictions on the audience for groups of more than two.

Thousands of happy football fans in Amsterdam and Milan have crisscrossed the city streets in violation of social distance rules to celebrate their clubs' victories.  Picture: Supporters of Ajax are celebrating outside the Johan Cruijff Arena

Thousands of happy football fans in Amsterdam and Milan have crisscrossed the city streets in violation of social distance rules to celebrate their clubs’ victories. Picture: Supporters of Ajax are celebrating outside the Johan Cruijff Arena

Players could watch their cutlery show off to fans from a balcony, forcing dozens to climb a steep wall while trying to get close

Today Ajax claimed their 35th Dutch league title while Inter Milan ended their 10-year trophy drought to win the Serie A title.

Today Ajax claimed their 35th Dutch league title while Inter Milan ended their 10-year trophy drought to win the Serie A title.

Fans were not allowed to watch matches this season and were cheering at the club's victory after last season's potential win was scrapped due to the outbreak of the pandemic.

Fans were not allowed to watch matches this season and were cheering at the club’s victory after last season’s potential win was scrapped due to the outbreak of the pandemic.

‘Do not come to the Johan Cruijff Boulevard near the Arena. It is currently too busy there, ” the city authorities said in a tweet. ‘Stay at home and enjoy the game. Keep 1.5 meters away on departure. ‘

Femke Halsema, mayor of the city: ‘We had taken into account many scenarios, but we really did not expect supporters to celebrate the championship. Especially because it was still completely uncertain until this afternoon when Ajax would become champion.

“We do our utmost to prevent new contamination outbreaks, but as mayor I don’t see everything coming in advance.”

Although the Netherlands does not have the worst infection rate in Europe, the country is still registering about 5,000 new cases, while the number of deaths had dropped to 21 yesterday.

In Milan, Internazionale took their first Serie A title in 11 years after Sassuolo drew 1-1 with Atalanta second to secure Antonio Conte’s side of the league crown.

In Milan, Internazionale took their first Serie A title in 11 years after Sassuolo drew 1-1 with Atalanta second to convince Antonio Conte's side of the competition.

In Milan, Internazionale took their first Serie A title in 11 years after Sassuolo drew 1-1 with Atalanta second to convince Antonio Conte’s side of the competition.

Fans quickly marched on the Piazza Duomo in the historic center of the city

Fans quickly marched on the Piazza Duomo in the historic center of the city

As photos show, hundreds of supporters were seen climbing a monument in the center of the city's main square, many with a drink in hand, waving flags and lighting torches

As photos show, hundreds of supporters were seen climbing a monument in the center of the city’s main square, many with a drink in hand, waving flags and lighting torches

In Milan, Internazionale took their first Serie A title in 11 years after Sassuolo drew 1-1 with Atalanta second to secure Antonio Conte's side of the league crown.  Pictured: Conte celebrating with former Manchester United player Romelu Lukaku

In Milan, Internazionale took their first Serie A title in 11 years after Sassuolo drew 1-1 with Atalanta second to secure Antonio Conte’s side of the league crown. Pictured: Conte celebrating with former Manchester United player Romelu Lukaku

Inter are 13 points clear in first place with four games to go, and their win ends a run of nine consecutive title wins for Juventus.

This year’s league success marks their 19th Serie A crown and marks the first since winning the Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League Treble in 2009-2010 under Jose Mourinho.

After watching the historic victory, fans quickly marched on the Piazza Duomo in the center of the city, with the gathering turning into thousands within hours.

The club has asked supporters to respect the social distance rules imposed by the government to limit the spread of Covid-19, writing on twitter: ‘Now it’s time for the party: for all Inter fans. A genuine joy that we invite to express in the most responsible way. ‘

But as photos show, hundreds of supporters were seen climbing a monument in the center of the city’s main square, many with a drink in their hands, waving flags and torches.

Italy recently ended its ban on non-essential travel and has enabled the return of shopping and alfresco dining through a significant change to the Covid restrictions that also gave powers to local areas.

Yesterday, the country registered 12,964 new infections and 226 deaths as they continue to see a decline from a peak of 24,501 infections in late March.

Like the Netherlands, however, Italy has yet to see a return of live sports, despite theaters and cinemas being allowed to welcome up to 500 spectators indoors.

Last year’s Serie A was suspended at the start of the pandemic, but resumed in June when Juventus took their 36th title.

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