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Dutch league plans one-minute protest against racism

Ahmad Mendes Moreira celebrates his goal for Excelsior against Den Bosch.

Players in the top two divisions of Dutch football will stand still for the first minute of matches this weekend as a protest against racism, organisers have announced.

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...

Racially abused Excelsior winger Moreira labelled 'pathetic little man' by opposition manager

Ahmad Mendes Moreira celebrates his goal for Excelsior against Den Bosch.
  

Excelsior winger Ahmad Mendes Moreira, who was subjected to racial abuse on Sunday, was labelled a "pathetic little man" by Den Bosch manager Erik Van der Ven after the player celebrated a goal in front of the home fans.

The racist chanting was directed at Moreira during Excelsior's 3-3 draw at Den Bosch. Moreira walked off the pitch after 30 minutes, supported by his teammates.

Referee Laurens Gerrets temporarily halted the game before Moreira returned to the field. Moreira then put...

Man United-linked Edwin Van der Sar signs Ajax extension

Edwin van der Sar chats exclusively to ESPN FC about his former club Man United's current predicament.
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Edwin van der Sar has signed a new long-term deal as Ajax chief executive, ending suggestions he could be Manchester United's new director of football.

United are searching for a director of football with Van der Sar having been previously linked with the role.

The former United keeper had said last month that he was interested in the job, but has now committed his future to Ajax until 2023.

"Very happy with my contract extension at this beautiful club," Van der Sar said via Twitter. "I started...

Bafana's Veldwijk at a career crossroads as Sparta face PSV

South Africa striker Lars Veldwijk finds himself at a career crossroads as Sparta Rotterdam prepare for a high-profile Eredivisie clash against PSV Eindhoven at the Sparta-Stadion Het Kasteel on Saturday night.

The lanky 28-year-old has scored three goals this season and appeared in 10 of Sparta's 11 league matches thus far. On paper that's a perfectly respectable return, but a closer look reveals that Veldwijk does not have the trust of manager Henk Fraser.

All of the striker's Eredivisie appearances...

Ex-Manchester United left-back Alexander Buttner joins New England Revolution

Former Manchester United left-back Alexander Buttner has joined the New England Revolution, the club announced on Friday.

Buttner, 30, was signed with Targeted Allocation Money after spending the past 12 seasons in his native Netherlands, Russia, Belgium and England.

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