Movement can gain momentum. In the face of the assaults, insults and racist comments that spread on social media, voices are rising. Swansea FC is one of them, and it is not the only one.
No content will be posted by Swansea on social media for a week. The Welsh club, playing in the championship (English D2), Announced Thursday, April 8th Take this symbolic action to protest online abuse. In recent weeks, three of his players have been subjected to racist slanders – defender Ben Cabango, attacking midfielder Jan Danda and striker Jamal Lowe.
Racism is a “scourge” of society
This withdrawal from social media concerns the players, employees, the women’s team, the training center, and the club’s administrative apparatus. All official Swansea accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat, YouTube and TikTok) are inactive for seven days from 6:00 PM Thursday April 8th. The Welshs specify that only their website will continue to operate during this period.
“We believe it is right to take a stand against behavior that is a scourge for our sport and society as a whole.”The club said In a press release.
Take a stand to challenge
The club’s CEO, Julian Winter, has also written to chief executives at Facebook and Twitter to demand more scrutiny and stronger penalties against those who posted insults online.
“As a very close and diverse group of players, this is a topic that touches us greatly.”Captain of the men’s first team, Matt Grimes, commented. “We wanted to take this stance to challenge once again those who run these social media companies to make the necessary changes now and in the future.”, he added.
Birmingham FC, who also plays in the tournament, and Rangers made a similar decision. “After speaking to a wide range of clubs across the UK on this topic, we know that this concern is common to all clubs and it can be said that everyone is losing patience due to the lack of action on the part of social networking companies.Rangers CEO Stuart Robertson said Rangers midfielder Glenn Camara, who has opened a police investigation alleging he was racially insulted by a Slavia Prague player in the Europa League, said he has since been insulted daily on social media.
A move by Thierry Henry
Insults of a racist nature in comments of posts or messages from players on social networks are common lately. The most recent example of this is the one received by Liverpool players, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Naby Keita and Sadio Mane, after the 2-1 defeat by Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals. The English club responded the next day, denouncing it“Hateful racist insults (…) are totally unacceptable.”.
Awareness-raising initiatives about social media abuse have boomed in recent weeks. At the end of March, Wales striker Gareth Bale said he was ready to join the boycott social media movement to tackle racial abuse and online harassment following the decision he made days earlier by Thierry Henry to deactivate his accounts. The former France international had announced his withdrawal so that the platforms could become more involved in the fight against racism and intimidation.
Swansea is scheduled to return to social media on Thursday, April 15 at 6:00 PM ET.
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