Georginio Wijnaldum reacted shockingly to the events of Sunday in the match between FC Den Bosch and Excelsior (3-3) on Monday. The competition was temporarily suspended following racist slogans at Ahmad Mendes Moreira.
"I am very shocked by what happened," said Wijnaldum on Monday at the press conference in the run-up to the European Championship qualifying match with Estonia on Tuesday. "Personally it came very hard, because I did not expect it to happen in the Netherlands. It is also very bad how this was handled."
According to Mendes Moreira, he was called 'k-black', 'k-nigger', 'cotton picker' and 'Zwarte Piet' by Den Bosch supporters. The game was stopped after half an hour by referee Laurens Gerrets and resumed after fifteen minutes.
Den Bosch issued a statement in which the club stated that it was about "crows noises" from its own supporters to fool the opponents' players. Trainer Erik van der Ven supported that statement, but later on Sunday evening emphasized that he "is 100 percent behind Mendes Moreira".
The 29-year-old Wijnaldum was surprised at the way in which Den Bosch dealt with the events. "Not only the trainer, but the entire club. It is very unfortunate how Den Bosch reacted. What I saw was not possible and was disrespectful. At one point I saw someone bring the Hitler greeting. Then I think: how do you get it in your head? "
"Players must support each other"
According to Wijnaldum, the leader of Orange on Tuesday against Estonia, politics must intervene. "It's a social problem. As players, we have to support each other, but we can't really do anything. It's something for politicians. Maybe it helps to give hard fines to people."
This season, racism often goes wrong at competitions in Europe. In the Serie A there were already several incidents and players from England were also the victims of racism in the European Championship qualifiers for Montenegro and Bulgaria.
If the players of Orange were ever confronted with racism in stadiums, then Wijnaldum is clear what needs to be done. "I am sure I am off the pitch, because I do not accept that. And then we must stay away and not come back. The Den Bosch match should certainly not have been continued."
National coach Ronald Koeman fully agreed with Wijnaldum. "You have to leave the field, just leave. Someone has to do it. We all think the same about it, but nobody actually does it and we treat it with velvet gloves."