The Dutch national football team have issued an strong anti-racism statement on social media ahead of Tuesday night’s EU qualifier against Estonia.
The photo pictures the squad in a circle touching hands and follows this weekend’s racist incident in Den Bosch, in which the match against Excelsior was suspended for a time when one of Excelsior player was subject to racist abuse.
— OnsOranje (@OnsOranje) November 19, 2019
The acting Dutch captain Georginio Wijnaldum also issued a strong condemnation of racism in football at a press conference on Monday evening. ‘I would have walked off the pitch and not come back,’ he said.
Other players too have expressed their anger at the attack on Ahmad Mendes Moreira.
I’m sick and tired to see these images over and over! When is it going to stop!!? #SayNoToRacism @KNVB @OnsOranje @UEFA what we going to do? Specially with the upcoming @EURO2020 pic.twitter.com/DUt0y2h8IA
— Memphis Depay (@Memphis) November 17, 2019
The Dutch FA and prosecution service are investigating the incident.
Den Bosch posted a statement after the game denying the chants were discriminatory, but on Monday it released a new one admitting it had ‘completely got the wrong end of the stick’ in its initial response.
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