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A show of unity against racism will take place on the pitch before Saturday night's UEFA European Under-21 Championship final between the Netherlands and Serbia at the Euroborg in Groningen.
Unity and commitment
Both teams will wear Unite against Racism T-shirts in the warm-up, before both captains and their coaches, Foppe de Haan and Miroslav Djukić, are joined by UEFA President Michel Platini, Royal Netherlands Football Association president Mathieu Sprengers, Football Association of Serbia president Zvezdan Terzić, secretary-general of players' union FIFPro Theo van Seggelen, and U21 tournament ambassador Frank de Boer for a photo call. They will be "demonstrating their unity and commitment to the fight against all forms of racism", said UEFA.
Strongest possible signal
"This joint initiative will send out the strongest possible signal to players and fans that racism cannot, and will not, be tolerated in football," the European body added. Meanwhile, Mr Platini said: "I am 100 per cent behind this show of unity on the pitch by both associations and captains against all forms of racism, on or off the pitch. There is no place for racism within our game and we must be firm and determined to make a stand against it, whatever guise it takes. Football is a game that, through its history, has brought people together, has encouraged social integration and has helped make entire immigrant communities welcome. We must make sure it continues to do so now and in the future." Kick-off is scheduled for 20.45CET.
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