Racism: Swansea, Birmingham and Rangers boycott social media for week to protest online abuse

Jamal Lowe Swansea
The Welsh club Swansea, which plays in the English second division, announced Thursday (April 8th) that it was suspending all its activities on social networks for a week to protest against the racist insults suffered by its players. Imitated by Birmingham and the Rangers. Before them, others took a stand in the face of these drifts.

The movement could gain momentum. In the face of attacks, insults and racist comments that spread on social networks, voices are being raised. The Swansea club is one of them, and he’s not the only one.

No content will be posted by Swansea on social media for a week. The Welsh club, playing in the Championship (the English D2), announced Thursday April 8 take this symbolic action to protest against online abuse. In recent weeks, three of his players have been the target of racist slurs – defender Ben Cabango, attacking midfielder Yan Dhanda and forward Jamal Lowe.

This withdrawal from social networks concerns the players, staff, the women’s team, the training center and the administrative staff of the club. All official Swansea accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat, YouTube, and TikTok) are inactive for seven days from 6:00 p.m. Thursday, April 8. The Welsh specify that only their website will continue to operate during this period.

“We believe it is right to take a stand against behavior which is a scourge for our sport and society as a whole”, said the club in a press release.

Club chief executive Julian Winter also wrote to CEOs of Facebook and Twitter to call for more scrutiny and stronger penalties against those who posted insults online.

“As a tight-knit and very diverse group of players, this is a subject that touches us enormously”, commented men’s first team captain Matt Grimes. “We wanted to take this position to challenge again those who run these social media companies to make the necessary changes now and in the future.”, he added.

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