Prosecutor to investigate racism against footballers
The Public Prosecutor has decided to investigate whether the racists comments made on Leroy Fer's selfie is punishable and whether prosecution is possible.
This will be an exploratory investigation. The Public Prosecutor will collect all the facts and examine who posted which comments. A decision on possible prosecution has not yet been made.
On Friday Fer posted the photo of nine players of the Dutch national team on Twitter. Over the weekend the photo was shared elsewhere and lead to a flood of comments, including some racist reactions.
After the match against Latvia on Sunday, football players Robin van Persie and Wesley Sneijder were very vocal about their dissatisfaction with the racism against their fellow team mates.
Yesterday the Dutch national football association KNVB confirmed that they contacted the Public Prosecutor regarding possible prosecution against the comments. After a consultation with the players the KNVB decided that for the time being they won't be laying charges, but will give their full cooperation to the Public Prosecutor's investigation.