The English football institutions agreed this Saturday to carry out a boycott on social media from 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 30 to 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 3, at protest “continuing discriminatory abuses” that the players and people related to the world of football receive through the networks.
The blackout will be carried out during all the days in which matches of professional men’s and women’s club football Women’s Premier League, Championship, SuperLeague and Championship: on the dates set, clubs and institutions will disconnect their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
The agreement has been reached by the English Football Federation (FA), the Premier League, the Women’s Football Federation of the SuperLeague and the Women’s Championship, the Professional Football Association (PFA), the League Managers Association (LMA) , the Professional Referees Association of England (PGMOL), the Football Fans Association (FSA) and the “Kick it Out” association against racism in British football.
“The boycott shows that English football is coming together to emphasize that social media companies must do more to eradicate hate online, while highlighting the importance of the ongoing fight against discrimination, “said the Premier League through a joint statement representing all associations.
The aforementioned statement recalls that in February 2021, through a letter, English football outlined its requests to social media companies that they will try to create methods to quickly filter, block and remove offensive posts. They also invited organizations to improve the verification process to avoid new registrations. In addition, he recalled that they asked the companies to help law enforcement to identify and prosecute the authors of illegal content.
“Although some progress has been made, we reiterate these requests in an effort to stop the incessant flow of discriminatory messages and ensure there are real consequences for online abuse providers on all platforms, “the statement said.
“Soccer boycott action alone will not, of course, eradicate the scourge of discriminatory online abuse, but it will demonstrate that game is willing to take voluntary and proactive measures in this ongoing struggle, “he adds.
In addition, British football organizations urged the UK Government to ensure that its online security bill introduces a solid legislation so that social media companies are more responsible about what happens on their platforms.