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VIDEO: Dutch 2nd-division game stopped for racist abuse; player later scores goal

FC Den Bosch v Excelsior - Dutch Keuken Kampioen Divisie

DEN BOSCH, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 17: (L-R) Joel Zwarts of Excelsior Rotterdam, Ahmad Mendes Moreira of Excelsior Rotterdam during the Dutch Keuken Kampioen Divisie match between FC Den Bosch v Excelsior at the Stadium De Vliert on November 17, 2019 in Den Bosch Netherlands (Photo by Marcel Bonte/Soccrates/Getty Images)

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A Dutch second-division game between Den Bosch and Excelsior was temporarily stopped on Sunday due to suspected racist chanting and Nazi salutes performed by some of Den Bosch’s fans.

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The game was halted by referee Laurens Gerrets in the 30 minute. Dutch winger Ahmad Mendes Moreira, who plays for Excelsior, was the player targeted by the racist chanting. He was at that time seen gesturing toward the crowd, indicating to Gerrets and teammates that he was hearing racist abuse from the stands.

In a mixed zone for media availability after the game, Den Bosch manager Erik van der Ven is reported to have called Mendes Moreira a “pathetic little man” for pointing out the racist abuse to Gerrets. Den Bosch released a statement claiming that no racist abuse occurred, that the fans were instead making “crow sounds” and treating Mendes Moreira to a “crow concert,” which they claim is part of customary treatment of opposing players.

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Mendes Moreira appeared emotional after scoring a goal to put Excelsior 2-1 ahead fewer than 15 minutes after the game was restarted.

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