Eredivisie players pause for first minute of all games to protest against racism
Players in the top flight at the Netherlands paused on Saturday in response weekend.
Excelsior winger Ahmad Mendes Moreira was exposed to abuse at Den Bosch, prompting players at the top two branches to refrain from enjoying to the first 60 minutes of their fittings and applaud while the message’Racism? We won’t play soccer!’ Was exhibited from the stadiums.
The action has been agreed with the Eredevisie and the Keuken Kampioen Divisie (second tier) in cooperation with 34 professional clubs, the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) – which is exploring last weekend’s episode – and other bodies.
“This effort aims offensive chanting in the stands and discrimination about [amateur] football areas,” read an explanation on the Eredivisie website.
“It is meant to increase awareness among lovers that soccer is for everybody, regardless of cultural heritage, religion or sexual tastes.
“The message ‘Racism? We won’t play soccer!’ Links in with the protocol that has been applied clubs and by the soccer association throughout games since 2016.
“In the event of offensive and discriminatory chanting, the supporters are asked to discontinue their behaviour. In case the chanting continues, the soccer is going to be brought to a stop.”
The transfer follows a reply from Georginio Wijnaldum and Frenkie de Jong, that pointed to the colour of the skin after the Liverpool midfielder opened the scoring in Holland’s 5-0 win against Estonia on Tuesday.