Dutch Eredivisie news

PSV's Jeremain Lens gets 3-match ban

February 27, 2013
By ESPN.com news services

AMSTERDAM -- PSV Eindhoven forward Jeremain Lens has been given a three-match ban for getting into a post-game shoving match with Joris Mathijsen after Feyenoord beat his club 2-1 over the weekend.

The Dutch Football Association banned Lens on Wednesday for bringing the game into disrepute "by grabbing his opponent's shirt and not letting go."

Lens apologized for the confrontation Monday, saying "I should not have waited for him outside the dressing rooms."

After Lens accosted Mathijsen on Sunday several of their teammates began scuffling in the tunnel of Feyenoord's De Cuyp Stadium in a confrontation captured by television cameras.

Lens and Mathijsen are teammates on the country's national team. Mathijsen is one of the Netherlands most-experienced defenders with 84 international appearances, while Lens is a relative newcomer with nine.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.