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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 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 investigate the incident and look into possible sanctions against Den Bosch and its supporters.

In the days following the incident, Netherlands and Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum celebrated his goal with an anti-racism message during his side's 5-0 victory over Estonia on Tuesday.


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