UEFA has started a new campaign encouraging fans, players, clubs, national associations to join the fight against discrimination by signing for an Equal Game.
By sharing personal stories and digital signature cards on their social media platforms,
Matthijs de Ligt
hope to inspire fellow players and supporters to follow their lead.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said:
"It is inspiring to see a younger generation of top footballers using their influence to stand up, tackle discrimination and educate and inspire others.
"We feel strongly committed to this cause and have chosen the global reach of Euro 2020 to maximize the impact of this campaign.
UEFA is determined to play its part in positive change and believes that discrimination can only be fought in close collaboration with others.
"It is not only players but all of us that should be role models in the fight against discrimination. Famous or not, we all have the responsibility to act and positively influence our environment."
Later on Tuesday, the Premier League, Football Association, English Football League and anti-discrimination campaigners Kick It Out posted a statement calling for stronger action to decrease racist abuse on social media.
"The football authorities met with UK parliamentarians, Thierry Henry and Lucy Bronze today to discuss online abuse in football,"
the joint statement read
"We are calling on the social media companies to bring to an end the vile discriminatory abuse players and many others have to endure on their platforms.
"We support a strong Online Safety Bill to protect users from online hate and discrimination."