Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk led TV boycott in Holland after presenter allegations of racist remarks


Virgil van Dijk is leading the boycott of a TELEVISION station in his native Holland after racist comments from a presenter.Liverpool defender is the captain of his national team and has used his platform to offer a statement saying: “enough is enough” following remarks made by Johan Derksen on the Veronica Inside of show in the netherlands.

71-year-old Derksen is alleged to have compared a blackface make-up character, Zwarte Piet, to a well-known Dutch civil rights activist Akwasi.

Derksen is reported to have commented on a photo of a man in blackface holding a sign saying “Zwarte Piet Lives Matter” by saying: “Are we sure that it was not the Akwasi? ”

Derksen reported that the previous with controversial statements around the race, with Veronica on the Inside of a show known for its provocative soundbites and opinions.

Van Dijk struck on the remarks, saying the comments are ” on the line “.

Next to Atletico Madrid, the goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal, netherlands, Van Dijk has issued a statement regarding Derksen.

“It is no longer at the edge of the abyss,” read the statement.

“This has nothing to do with the humor in more. This is not the language of football. It is on the line.

“Not for the first time. Not for the second time. Time and time again. Enough is enough.”

Holland legend Edgar Davids has also spoken, saying: “everyone has had enough” of the TV presenter of points of view.

Davids said: “This is not the first time that racist things have been said and, normally, it has always been set aside. Now everyone has had enough.

“Nobody wants to be insulted, no? There was a time when people said, “Well, don’t be so upset,” … We often say now: the athletes have an exemplary role.

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“But of course, this also applies to the media. They are responsible for what they feed the public information requirements.”

Van Dijk has been one of the driving forces behind Liverpool’s decision, as a team, pose for a photo while taking a knee in the support of the Black Lives Matter movement at the beginning of June.

Alongside his compatriot, the coefficient of Gini Wijnaldum, Van Dijk is believed to have asked his team-mates to give their public backing to the movement after a training session at Anfield on the 1st of June, with the team happy to speak following the death of George Floyd in police custody in May.

“It is so natural for us that we have not even thought to send a message to the first,” said Jurgen Klopp earlier this month.

“Because this is quite normal, no one has realized that we would have to say it again. But then, the boys noticed. And then they spontaneously decided to do it.

“I was very proud of the boys for a long period of time, but it was an extraordinary moment.

“When I saw there and this photo was taken, I was really proud of, because it is also an important message. No question about it. “

Trent Alexander Arnold, Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have all given their public support to the BLM movement over the last week too.

After speaking on issues related to racism with Rio Ferdinand, last week, Alexander Arnold, with the slogan “Black Lives Matter” on his boots when he has played against in the 236th Merseyside derby with Everton, on Sunday evening.

“This is something I believe in, this is something that I’ve been educated in a way to know what is right and wrong,” said the Derby of the West-born Reds defender.

“For us, the footballers and the Premier League, to have a powerful platform and be able to unite people in such a strength, do it with the right things.

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“The change may be the sponsors, which may around the pitches, change the messages that people can see it all the time.

Oxlade-Chamberlain and Henderson also appeared in a video urging the need for racial equality, last week the sides of Manchester City, Raheem Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne, among others.


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