On Sunday evening, FC Groningen goalkeeper Sergio Padt was arrested for alleged aggressive behaviour on a train.
Translation by Traci White
The Groninger Internet Courant writes that Padt reportedly boarded the train at Groningen Europapark without a valid ticket or public transport card. When the conductors on the train came to check tickets, Padt allegedly got aggressive: he verbally abused one conductor and attempted to strike another one.
A reporter from Dagblad van het Noorden who happened to be on the train says that one Arriva employee’s wristwatch was destroyed during the altercation. Following the incident, the train stopped at the station in Kropswolde in Groningen and the doors remained closed until the police showed up to take Padt to the police station.
Arriva and the local police are investigating the altercation. FC Groningen has yet to release a formal statement addressing Padt’s alleged aggressive behaviour: the team’s technical director Ron Jans told the Dagblad that the club wanted to speak to everyone involved before publicly commenting on the incident.
Padt, who was born in Amsterdam in 1990, has been a goalkeeper for FC Groningen since the 2014-2015 season and is a reserve goalkeeper for the Dutch national football team. The club lost their match against AZ Alkmaar 1-3 earlier on Sunday.