It is a strong commitment. English football clubs will implement a total boycott on social networks for three days next weekend in order to protest against the racist insults to which their players are victims on these platforms, their governing bodies announced on Saturday April 24 in the evening. .
This blackout, which will affect the English Football Federation, the clubs of the Premier League (first division), the second division and the Women’s Super League, will begin on Friday April 30 at 2 p.m. GMT (4 p.m. in France) and will end on Monday, May 3 at 22:59 GMT (00:59 in Paris).
“Racist behavior is unacceptable”
“This action has been programmed to take place over the entire program of male and female professional football matches” 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”, say the officials of English football in a joint statement.
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“Racist behavior is unacceptable, and the appalling abuse to which players are subjected on social networks cannot continue”Premier League CEO Richard Masters said. “There is an urgent need for these companies to do more to eradicate racial hatred online”.
In the wake of other clubs
This decision follows one already implemented by the Scottish Rangers club and the English Football League clubs of Birmingham and Swansea, whose players Yan Dhanda, Ben Cabango and Jamal Lowe were recently victims of racist insults in line.
Since the start of the year, several players of color wearing Manchester United shirts such as Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, as well as Reece James of Chelsea, have also been targeted on social media. Former French international and 1998 world champion Thierry Henry left social media for the same reason at the end of March.
The day the NBA stopped
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.