The players of the Dutch national team made a statement against racism on Tuesday. The selection of national coach Ronald Koeman placed a photo together.
In the photo all players are standing hand in hand in a circle with the caption 'enough is enough' and 'stop racism'.
The statement of the Orange squad comes after the events of last Sunday at the Keuken Kampioen Divisional duel between FC Den Bosch and Excelsior (3-3).
That match was stopped before the break after Excelsior striker Ahmad Mendes Moreira was racistly treated by part of the Den Bosch supporters. The game was finished. Mendes Moreira stated that he has been called 'k-black', 'k-negro', 'cotton picker' and 'Zwarte Piet'.
After the game, which was stopped for fifteen minutes, the fuss increased because of the statement by FC Den Bosch and the reaction of coach Erik van der Ven. Both the club and the coach have since returned to this.
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Koeman and Wijnaldum already spoke of the shame of events
National coach Koeman and midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum already spoke shame about the events in Den Bosch at the press conference on Monday.
"I am very shocked by what happened," said Wijnaldum. "Personally, it came very hard, because I did not expect it to happen in the Netherlands. It is also very resentful how this was handled. I certainly walk off the field, 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. "
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. We treat this problem with velvet gloves."