Sending a strong message against racism, both Ajax and Heracles players stopped play for 60 seconds after kicking-off at the Amsterdam Arena on late Saturday.
The Dutch league leaders got the action underway, but players from both sides remained at their positions as they applauded for the next 60 seconds.
The move was welcomed by both the match officials and supporters as they joined in the applause.
In a protest against racism, Ajax and Heracles decided not to kick the ball for the first minute. This came after Excelsior’s Ahmad Mendes Moreira was subjected to racist abuse last weekend. I loved that.pic.twitter.com/pCQgfYb3Lv
— Dennis Kiplimo™ 🇰🇪🇰🇪 (@ItsShark__) November 24, 2019
The hosts eventually won the contest 4-1 with Quincy Promes scoring a brace on the 26th and the hour-mark. The other two goals for Ajax came from Zakaria Labyad and Klass-Jan Huntelaar in the 56th and 78th minutes, respectively. Cyriel Dessers scored the solitary goal for the visitors in the dying moments of the match.
Objecting to the racist chants by Den Bosch supporters against Excelsior player Ahmad Mendes Moreira during a match last week, clubs featuring in the top two divisions of the Dutch League have agreed to participate in the protest. Excelsior and Volendam were among the clubs who stopped play.
What a night!! Unbelievably honoured to make my debut as captain today, to combine that with 3 goals is just unforgettable 🙏🏾 So excited for the summer with this incredible squad! 🔶🦁 We are one team 🤜🏻🤛🏾 pic.twitter.com/KtuMKuiIGC
— Gini Wijnaldum (@GWijnaldum) November 19, 2019
Earlier during the international break, Liverpool and Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum appeared to send a message against racism when he celebrated his goal against Estonia by holding his teammate Frenkie de Jong’s hands and pointing out the colour difference.