Georginio Wijnaldum And Frenkie De Jong Make A Stand Against Racism With Goal Celebration
By Mike Parrott
Gini Wijnaldum brought in Frenkie De Jong to make an anti-racism celebration after scoring for the Netherlands against Estonia.
Wijnaldum opened up the scoring in the sixth minute, and he called on Barcelona star De Jong to celebrate with him and make a stand against racism.
The Liverpool midfielder placed his forearm next to De Jong's to show the fans that the colour of either of their skins don't matter.
As the cameras zoned in Wijnaldum pointed to the two different skin tones, emphasising the game of football as a game for every race.
: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
This comes just after Wijnaldum had said he will "leave the pitch" if racist abuse continues when questioned about the brutal treatment that Excelsior Striker, Ahmad Mendes Moreira had received in a Dutch Second Division game.
The game between Excelsior and Den Bosch had to be temporarily suspended after the home Den Bosch fans were seen making 'Hitler Salutes' and other racist profanities.
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Netherlands Manager Ronald Koeman also spoke up in the press conference, saying that: "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."
Other Dutch players have showed their support on Social Media such as former Manchester United Forward; Memphis Depay:
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
This comes as part of a series of racist incidents in European football.
Earlier this month Italian striker Mario Balotelli threatened to walk off the pitch after receiving alleged racist abuse, while in Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk forward Taison was shown a red card after he reacted to racist jeers from the crowd during a match.
Last month, a match between England and Bulgaria was marred by a section of the home supporters taunting the English players with Nazi salutes and monkey chants.