The football association brings technology to fight against racist chants



The football stadiums of Feyenoord, PSV and PEC Zwolle will be equipped with special technology aimed at helping track down and arrest fans who shout racist or discriminatory comments at players in the coming season.

The three experiences stem from a report on racism among supporters which was compiled following chants directed at Excelsior player Ahmad Mendes Moreira by Den Bosch supporters in 2019.

The Feynoord stadium will be equipped with both cameras and recording devices in an effort to trap racist singers in the act. PSV’s stadium will have systems that note changes in sound, such as racist chants, while at PEC Zwolle technologies such as machine learning and AI will be used to improve personal safety.

Sports Minister Conny Helder said in a statement that discrimination has no place in sport. “Everyone, players, volunteers and spectators, should be able to participate in sport and exercise without hindrance and in a safe environment,” she said.

The Ministry of Sports and Culture has allocated 1 million euros for the experiments.

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