Netherlands captain Georginio Wijnaldum could walk off pitch if racially abused during Euros tie in Budapest

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Georginio Wijnaldum will wear a OneLove captain’s armband in Budapest on Sunday (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Georginio Wijnaldum will wear a OneLove captain’s armband in Budapest on Sunday (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Netherlands captain Georginio Wijnaldum has refused to rule out taking his players off the pitch if they are racially abused during Sunday’s last-16 clash with the Czech Republic.

The Dutch are taking on the Czechs at the Puskas Arena in Budapest, which is in the spotlight for incidents at Euro 2020.

Uefa has launched an investigation into “potential discriminatory incidents” during Hungary’s Group F games against France and Portugal.

Homophobic banners were displayed by fans during the match with Portugal, while before the France game some fans marched to the ground with a banner telling players to stop taking a knee to protest against racism.

And Wijnaldum, who will wear a special OneLove captain’s armband on Sunday as a show of support to the LGBTQ+ community, said: “I think I will I go to the referee but, to be honest, I’m not sure what my reaction is going to be in the heat of the moment.

“I am not ruling out walking off the field if something like that happens on Sunday. Uefa must protect the players.”

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