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Per FIFA's rule book Law 12 Fouls and Misconduct "[a player] is also guilty of violent conduct if he uses excessive force or brutality against a team-mate, spectator, match official or any other person. Violent conduct may occur either on the field of play or outside its boundaries, whether the ball is in play or not."
I'm going to be honest with you. I don't see what Alvarado did as being excessive. Sure he kicked him after he got his assailant on the ground, but it's not like he kicked him in the face or stomped on him with his cleats. Both of Alvarado's kicks strike the man in the legs in essence keeping him on the ground. And once security arrived, Alvarado stopped going after him. I think it's flat out the wrong call. If a fan runs onto the field, the first thought needs to be the protection of the players. There's no place in sports for fans running onto the field, certainly not those with violent intentions, and if you punish the players for protecting themselves, you're not doing anything to discourage future incidents. There's a big difference between Ron Artest and Stephen Jackson taking on fans in the stands at The Palace of Auburn Hills, and Alvarado doing what he did on the field. Hopefully the Dutch make the right call here.