Gini Wijnaldum and Frenkie De Jong send powerful anti-racism message o the world while celebrating a goal for Netherlands last night.
With the rising cases of racism in the world football, the Dutch stars Gini Wijnaldum and Frenkie De Jong sent a powerful message to the world to combat racism in football.
After the Liverpool midfielder scored early, he ran to the sidelines with his Barcelona counterpart and the two men put their arms side-by-side and pointed at their skin.
Georginio Wijnaldum celebrated his goal with an anti-racism message. pic.twitter.com/zENn16FkVj
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On Sunday, Excelsior striker Ahmad Mendes Moreira was a victim of racism in the second division game in the Dutch league. In response, his team walked off the pitch to protest against the racist conduct.
Delaying the match for 30 minutes before it was eventually restarted by the referee. Ahead of Netherlands game against Estonia, Wijnaldum condemned the act and was shocked about it.
“It really hit me on a personal level,” he told reporters, per the Liverpool Echo. I never expected anything like this to happen in the Netherlands. I’m really shocked. It did happen, unfortunately, and the way people have talked about the incident really hurt me.
“It’s a problem in society. As a player, you can’t really change anything about it. But I still think that players should try and support each other. It’s a problem in society and a problem that should be solved by our politicians.” he further said.
Meanwhile, there have been several other instances of racism in Europe, with English players Marcus Rashford and Tyrone Mings being racially abused by Bulgarian fans in the last international break and several instances in Serie A too.
Coming to Wijnaldum, he had a memorable night for his national team, as he captained his side and scored a hat-trick as the Netherlands brushed aside Estonia in their final Euro 2020 qualifier.