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.
A slur was directed at the winger likening him to 'Black Pete', a racist caricature in Holland.
Football match in the Netherlands FC Den Bosch - Excelsior temporarily stopped after racist abuse from Den Bosch supporters against Excelsior player Ahmad Mendes Moreira. #dboexc pic.twitter.com/mmqfcXjRTd
- Martijn de Koning (@Martijn5155) November 17, 2019
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.
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
"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.
:flag_nl: Wijnaldum is captaining the Holland side tonight. He scored a goal then brought in Frenkie de Jong to celebrate with him as a message for anti-racism. This is powerful. #SayNoToRacism pic.twitter.com/PLqxnQAKZW
- FutbolBible (@FutbolBible) November 19, 2019
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.