Friday 14 August 2020

Dutch national football team takes social media stand against racism

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.

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.

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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