The new Paris Saint-Germain player calls on UEFA to be more vigorous in the fight against racism.
Everything is going very well for the Netherlands, who came out first in Group C of Euro 2020, with nine points taken from three matches. But the controversies linked to social issues surrounding the competition have not escaped the Oranje, and in particular Georginio wijlnaldum.
So, while the Dutch will leave Amsterdam to face the Czech Republic in Budapest, the future Paris Saint-Germain player was worried about possible racist abuses. “I thought about it: you play in Hungary, what do you do if it happens?, he asked himself Thursday by videoconference, relayed L’Equipe. What if the opposing supporters did it on purpose because they know you are going to leave the pitch and they might have won the game? I think it’s up to UEFA to make this decision (to interrupt the match), not to the players. UEFA must say: it is not possible, we cannot accept that. She has to realize that if she doesn’t, she puts a great deal of responsibility on the players. UEFA must protect the players. “ As a reminder, UEFA has opened an investigation after photographers overheard Hungarian supporters launch monkey cries to the French Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kanté.
An armband against homophobia
In another register, Wijnaldum spoke on the subject of homophobia, while UEFA has prevented the Allianz-Arena from being lit up in the rainbow to welcome Hungary (in response to a law hostile to homosexual rights passed in the country of Viktor Orban). The former Liverpool player will wear an armband in the colors of the rainbow, with the mention “One love”.
“The KNVB (Dutch federation) proposed this initiative and asked us to think about it, he confided. This corresponds to the values of the One Love campaign. We stand up for diversity. Everyone should be free to live as they see fit. “
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