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Dutch soccer set for widespread protests against racism

The Eredivisie and Eerste Divisie, the two top-flight leagues in the country, came to the joint decision to temporarily suspend play after games kick off, with the slogan "Racism? Then we don't play football!" displayed on screens around the stadiums. An extra minute will be added to the end of the first half. "It is intended to make fans aware that football belongs to everyone, regardless of cultural background, religion or sexual preference," read an Eredivisie statement. The protest comes after a second division game between FC Den Bosch and Excelsior was stopped due to alleged racist abuse earlier this month.The match was temporarily halted after Excelsior winger Ahmad Mendes Moreira was subjected to alleged racist chanting by the home fans, including songs about 'Black Pete' — a racist caricature which in recent years has drawn protests across the nation.READ: Bernardo Silva suspended and fined $64,000 over 'racist' tweetREAD: Shakhtar Donetsk's Taison banned for one game for reacting to racist abuse

'Enough is enough'

The Dutch Football Association (KNVB) said it supported this weekend's proposed protests and outlined its protocols for tackling discrimination in the game."These initiatives also strengthen us in the discussions we have with politicians and our social partners," read a KNVB statement. "Because only together can we tackle this social problem properly. Racism is disgusting and does not belong in football. Racism must go out of the world."KNVB confirmed it had also launched an investigation into the Moreira incident.Liverpool and Holland midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum is among a number of Dutch footballers to condemn what happened to Moreira and took to Twitter to say "enough is enough."On Tuesday, Wijnaldum celebrated a goal for the Dutch national team by pointing to his skin along with Barcelona starlet Frenkie de Jong.READ: Mark Sampson: Ex-England women's coach charged with racist language

"Wake up call"

Dutch football writer Jaap de Groot told Read More – Source