Dutch football is to hold a protest this weekend.
It’s been an odd season so far, as racism in the game of football has reared it’s ugly face on several occasions.
In response to racial abuse aimed at Excelsior’s Ahmad Mendes Moreira last weekend by FC Den Bosch, Dutch football is to react. Players across the country are to stand completely still at the kick-off for one minute across Netherlands’ football leagues this weekend, to raise awareness for their fight against discrimination.
While players in the Dutch top two tiers stand still, a message saying ‘Racism? Then we don’t play football’ will appear on scoreboards. The news of racial abuse at the Eerste Division match last weekend has led to many prominent figures in Dutch football speaking out this week, including the national team.
As Gini Wijnaldum netted a hat-trick against Estonia this week, he and Frenkie de Jong pointed to their own skin in celebration in what was another statement about racism in the game.