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Dutch footballers will stand still on the pitch and refuse to play this weekend after a player was called a 'negro' and 'cotton picker' by fans

Barnaby Lane , Business Insider US
 Nov 21, 2019, 02:55 PM

Ahmad Mendes Moreira was consoled by players and staff after the reported abuse.
  • Footballers across the Netherlands will stand still and not play for the first minute of their matches this weekend as part of an anti-racism protest.
  • The words "Racism? Then we don't play football," will also appear on screens in the grounds, according to the BBC.
  • The protest comes in reaction to Excelsior Rotterdam's Ahmad Mendes Moreira being called a "negro" and "cotton-picker" by Den Bosch fans during an Eredivisie game on Sunday.
  • A number of Dutch footballers, including Georginio Wijanldum and Memphis Depay, have already made individual stands against abuse.
  • For more stories, go to Business Insider SA.

Footballers across the Netherlands will stand still and not play for the first minute of their matches this weekend after the reported racial abuse of an Excelsior Rotterdam player, the BBC reports.

Ahmad Mendes Moreira, 24, was called a "negro and cotton-picker" by Den Bosch fans, after which the game at the Van Donge & De Roo Stadion on Sunday was halted for 10 minutes.

Whilst players competing in first and second division matches in the Netherlands stand still this weekend, the words "Racism? Then we don't play football," will appear on screens in the grounds, according to the BBC.

An extra minute will be added at the end of the first half to compensate.

A number of Dutch players, including Georginio Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay, have already made individual stands against the abuse suffered by Mendes Moreira.

After scoring his first of his three goals for the Netherlands against Estonia on Tuesday, Wijnaldum held out his arm next to his teammate Frenkie de Jong's, and pointed to the colours of their skin.

Depay, who plays from Olympique Lyonnais, posted a number of anti-racism tweets after the incident, one which read: "I'm sick and tired to see these images over and over! When is it going to stop!!? #SayNoToRacism."

Mendes Moreira told Rijnmond that the abuse "hurts so much because it is so personal," and that it left him feeling "powerless" because there "is nothing you can do about it."

The Dutch authorities are investigating the incident.

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