This one could make waves, for several reasons. First, because it’s in supposedly friendly, progressive Holland. Second, because it involves an American, AZ Alkmaar’s Jozy Altidore (you can hear a little of it in the video above. Business Insider has the full story…more on this to come to be sure.

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  1. Make this easier, put up a chart with the following columns:

    Date – Teams – Player(s) Directed Toward – Type (chanting/monkey noises/banana/etc) – Action Taken at Time of Abuse – Penalty Levied

    Because I truly believe an aggregate of all incidents would be far more powerful than scattered stories that people forget tomorrow.

  2. “…supposedly, progressive Holland.”

    Why because of the marijuana and red light district? Holland has long suffered from issues with racial exclusion and even outright acts of hate crimes. This is an ongoing problem, especially exacerbated by 9/11.

    So this isn’t really altogether surprising, and honestly, the impetus for change will not come simply because this happened in Holland. Can we now finally conclude that the underlying racism problem in soccer is actually very much a problem in all of Europe and not just Italy or Russia?

    • Because of their social policy you dolt

      • “Because of their social policy”?
        Which one exactly? No need to be name calling when you’re being rather vague and ignorant yourself.

        bkblades makes a decent point.
        The Netherlands is generally viewed, particularly by North Americans, as being a progressive European country, but its often a vague impression of “progressiveness” that is not well defined, and does not necessarily cover every imaginable aspect of society.

        From my experience of extended family who live in The Netherlands and from trips there, there is somewhat more racial tolerance than in other European countries, but like most of Europe there are still casually racist attitudes and anti-immigrant (ie. Muslim and North African), sentiment that are regular and surprising to North American sensibilities.

        • Right, thanks Matthew.

          And I think you’re absolutely right that North Americans especially are somewhat surprised at the level of underlying uncomfortableness of tolerance that exists in countries we normally don’t associate as disdainful and militant.

          If people want to delve into this further, they’ll see that the anti-immigrant stances of the Netherlands are just as biased and racially-motivated (arguably even more so) than notoriously restrictive Germany.

  3. “There’s only two things I hate in this world. People who are intolerant of other people’s cultures and the Dutch.”

  4. The Dutch soccer team themselves have devolved into racial infighting in the past. That’s part of the reason they had such a fallow stretch in the 80s and 90s in spite of some of the world’s greatest talent.

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