Racism: English football clubs will boycott social networks for three days

A strong signal sent by English football. Across the Channel, football clubs will set up a total blackout on social networks for three days in order to protest against the racist insults to which their players are victims on these platforms, their governing bodies have announced. This boycott, which will affect the English Football Federation, Premier League, Second Division and Women’s Super League (England Women’s Championship) clubs, will begin on Friday April 30 at 4 p.m. and end on Tuesday 4 May at 12:59 am.

Protest against “appalling abuse” on social networks

“This action has been scheduled to take place across the entire male and female professional football fixture list” and she will see all the representative bodies of English football “close their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts”. She intervenes “in response to the continued and sustained discriminatory abuse received online by players and many other football-related persons”, indicate the officials of English football in a joint press release.

“Racist behavior is unacceptable, and the appalling abuse of players on social media cannot continuePremier League CEO Richard Masters said. ‘These companies urgently need to do more to eradicate racial hatred online. “

Similar actions already carried out

This decision follows that already in place in early April by Scotland’s Rangers, and English Football League clubs Birmingham and Swansea, whose players Yan Dhanda, Ben Cabango and Jamal Lowe were recently victims of racist slurs online. Since the start of the year, several Manchester United players of color, including Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, as well as Reece James of Chelsea have also been targeted on social media. At the end of March, the former Blues striker Thierry Henry closed his Instagram and Twitter accounts in the face of “considerable volume of racism” present on these platforms.

On February 11, in an open letter to Twitter boss Jack Dorsey and Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg, English football officials called for action “for reasons of simple human decency”. Twitter replied that it did not intend to censor comments from anonymous accounts.

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