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Dutch Teams To Boycott First Minute Of All Games This Weekend In Anti-Racism Statement

Dutch Teams To Boycott First Minute Of All Games This Weekend In Anti-Racism Statement

All Dutch sides are set to boycott the first minute of their games this weekend in an anti-racism stance.

Excelsior player Ahmad Mendes Moreira was racially abused by FC Den Bosch fans in a Eerste Divisie game last weekend.

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A slur was directed at the winger likening him to 'Black Pete', a racist caricature in Holland.

It has now been reported by Voetbal Primeur in Holland that all 34 professional teams will not play in the first minute of their games.

Dutch giants PSV have released a statement stating:

"By making a statement in the field, we give a clear signal from football that enough is real enough. In addition, this has an impact on both football fans and non-fans, because it is visible at all matches and will receive the necessary attention.

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"From the first whistle at the kick-off, players will leave football for what it is until the end of the first minute, by playing the ball and then standing still with all players. At the same time, the same statement is made on the scoreboards throughout the Netherlands: Racism? Then we don't play football!"

They have also asked for at least one minute of extra time to be added on in the first half to compensate for the inactive minute.

The Netherlands national side have also been involved in the anti-racism campaign.

Gini Wijnaldum and Frenkie de Jong came together on Tuesday night and celebrated in unison to combat racism.

The duo placed their arms together to show solidarity and that football is for all races.

Netherlands Manager Ronald Koeman also commented, stating:

"You just have to leave the field. As a Dutch team we would do the same. Someone has to do it. Every time it is tackled with velvet gloves."

Racism in football has always been an issue and hopefully these steps will lead to its complete eradication from the sport.

Topics: Football News, Racism, Football

Daniel Marland

Daniel is a freelancer journalist for SPORTbible and covers a variety of sports. He also has past experience of working at Manchester United and once locked eyes with Jose Mourinho. He lived to tell the tale.

 

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