The Liverpool midfielder expressed that he is happy because the racism doesn’t exist in the Netherlands Football team.
Netherlands manager, Ronald Koeman has come out in support of his midfielder, Gini Wijnaldum’s gesture during his side’s 5-0 win over Estonia.
Gini Wijnaldum and Barcelona star, Frenkie De Jong pointed to the colours of their skin in a stance against racism. The gesture was made in celebration of the first of the Liverpool midfielder’s three goals.
The ever-growing plague, that is racism in football reached Holland, where Excelsior’s Ahmad Mendes Moreira was racially abused by fans in the Dutch second division.
“Gini just said something about it in the dressing room,” Koeman said.
“He said he feels so happy with this Dutch team, where this problem [of racism] does not occur. It is one team and it’s nice to see.”
Earlier this week, midfielder Wijnaldum said the incident involving Mendes Moreira, “really hit me on a personal level.”
“I never expected anything like this to happen in the Netherlands,” said Koeman to the Liverpool Echo.
“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 and a problem that should be solved by our politicians.”
Georginio Wijnaldum celebrated his goal with an anti-racism message. pic.twitter.com/k71HoE6gH5
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The Dutch midfielder’s hat-trick helped his side amp up the pressure on table toppers, Germany, after a disappointing draw against Northern Ireland in the last fixture. Nathan Ake and Myron Boadu scored the other goals in the tie.
Prior to the match, all the players in the Dutch National team joined arms in the centre circle to raise awareness about the racism plaguing the sport.
Incidents of racism have begun popping up the world over. The likes of Marcus Rashford, Tammy Abraham, Moise Kean and Mario Ballotelli have taken stands against the same in recent months.
With more and more footballers around the world, taking a stand against racism in the sport, one would hope that it serves as education to the youth in the game that the sport transcends boundaries of race, religion or colour.