The captain of the Dutch national football team, Georginio Wijnaldum, called on the European Union for the game (UEFA) to protect players in the face of racist insults that they may be subjected to during their match in the round of 16 of the current European Nations Cup (Euro 2020). The Dutch national team will meet its Czech counterpart next Sunday in the Hungarian capital Budapest in the second round (round of sixteen) of the European Championship.
“If this happens, UEFA must intervene,” Wijnaldum said today, Thursday, at the Dutch national team camp in Zeist. You have to understand that if UEFA does not intervene, it will place a huge responsibility on the players. UEFA must protect the players. This should not be the responsibility of the players.” Last week, during the match between Hungary and France in Budapest, France’s attacking star Kylian Mbappe was subjected to racist insults from the fans in the stands. After that, UEFA launched an investigation, but the match referee did not show any reaction to these events during the match.
Wijnaldum, who is as black as Mbappe, believes that many steps must be taken in this regard before the upcoming match in Budapest. In this match, Wijnaldum wears the phrase “One Love” on the captaincy. Wijnaldum does not rule out leaving the stadium if he is subjected to racist insults