Dutch league plans one-minute protest against racism

Tottenham supporters gather at a fan zone in Madrid on June 1, 2019 before the UEFA Champions League final football match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur. (Photo by Loli San Jose / AFP)

Players in the top two divisions of Dutch football will stand still for the first minute of matches this weekend as a against racism, the top flight Eredivisie has said

An anti-racism message will be also displayed on scoreboards during the opening minute at Eredivisie and Eerste Divisie games and an extra minute will be added to first half injury time.

The move comes after Excelsior forward Ahmad Mendes Moreira was racially abused by a section of FC Den Bosch supporters last weekend, with the game suspended for half an hour after the referee decided to take the players off the pitch.

The Dutch football association has said it would the incident and look into possible sanctions against Den Bosch and its supporters.

A series of racist incidents has tainted European football recently.

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