English football officials said on Saturday that they would organize a social media blackout next weekend to protest against the discriminatory abuse received and continued online by players and many others involved with football.
The boycott supports a coalition of groups, including the Premier League, the richest and most high-profile football league in the world, but also the Football Federation of England; The top two professional levels of men’s and women’s football; Referee; Players Association of the country, and others.
The game is the most direct effort yet by a sport to take action against online abuses on social media companies such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and comes after a season in which players, clubs, team officials, referees, female commentators And others are targets of abuse.
The social media boycott also follows a week of fury and street protests against top clubs and their bosses, who tried – and failed – to create a failed European Super League, separating them from many structures, including the pay system It must have been given, football has survived for a century. At each protest, there were vitriolic demands to sell the owners of the teams.
Harassment cases have been well documented online. In February, Arsenal striker Eddie Necketa posted A photo on twitter With the caption “Working with a Smile!”
The tweet was met with racist abuse from a Twitter user, Nketiah, who is Black, for leaving the club. Twitter responded by permanently suspending the user’s account, Sky Sports reported.
Such harassment has been instigated not only by fans, but also by club social media accounts. In December, commentator and former football player Karen Carney deleted her Twitter account after receiving a wave of online abuse.
After a 5–0 win by Leeds United over West Brom, Carney on Amazon Prime Video Sport wondered if Leeds would blow up at the end of the season. A clip of his comment was shared by Leeds Team Twitter Account, Which invited a group of hate messages towards Carney.
Many on Twitter defended him and criticized the team’s social media people, including former Leeds captain Rio Ferdinand, Who have called for the tweet to be deleted.
Bethany England, who is ahead for Chelsea, told Leeds’ social media team for “outrageous behavior”.
“Cyber is opening up to bullying a female pundit and abusing her extensively to exploit her online. Job and Havling his Opinion!” England said.
In February, the top officials of the Football Association – the governing body of English football – the Premier League, and other organizations Wrote an open letter Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s chief executive officer and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, called on leaders to end the “vicious, degrading levels of abuse” coming from users on their platforms.
“The reality is that your platforms remain for abuse,” football officials wrote. “Your inaction has instilled confidence in criminals that they are beyond reach.”
In the past, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter have taken steps, such as temporarily or permanently banning users, but issues of online abuse have persisted.
In a news release announcing the boycott of social media, which will take place from Friday afternoon to Monday, English football has called for the United Kingdom to “bring stronger legislation to make social media companies more accountable for what happens on their platforms.” Called”.
Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said in a statement that the league would push social media companies to make changes to prevent online abuse.
“Racist behavior of any form is unacceptable and we cannot continue the horrific abuse that players receive on social media platforms,” Masters said. “Football is a diverse sport, bringing communities and cultures from all backgrounds together and this diversity makes the competition strong.”
This is not the first time football has tried to shed light on racism.
Players and coaches in the Premier League and other top leagues, for example, have knelt before all seasons of a show in support of the Black Lives Matter movement – Promotion of the captains of the league’s team And with the support of league officials.
But some players and even entire teams have recently stopped participating, frustrated by the lack of solid progress on racial issues and pointing out that there has been more performance than productive.
Wilford Zaha said in front of the Crystal Palace that he had come on his kneesOffensive, “And said he would stop doing so and focus his efforts elsewhere. Brentford, a team in England’s second-tier championship, stopped kneeling before the game in February. While the players Said in a statement While he said he still supported antiwar efforts, he said, “We believe that we can use our time and energy to promote racial equality in other ways.”
There will be a social-media blackout, while a full slate of games will be played across multiple leagues, including the defending champions of the Premier League between Manchester United and Liverpool.
Adelene John, director of international relations for the Football Association, said English football would not push for change after next weekend.
John said, “It is simply unacceptable that people in English football and society are victims of discriminatory abuse on a broadly online basis.” Social media companies need to be held accountable if they are to address this widespread problem. Fall short of their moral and social responsibilities. “