Enough is Enough
Professional footballers in England and Wales on Friday staged a 24-hour boycott of social media platforms, in protest against lack of proper action being taken in response to racism.
Multiple players have fell victim to abuse this season both from the stands during matches, as well as on social media, be it on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.
However, this campaign is seeking more attention to the governing bodies to take a tougher penalty on those found guilty on any racism offenses.
A plethora of current and former footballers have backed this campaign, including Belgium and Manchester City star Kevin de Bruyne, former totenham star Gareth Bale, Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin, and ex-Arsenal Women captain Alex Scott among others.
EPL PLAYERS #ENOUGH CAMPAIGN
England and Manchester United’s forward Marcus Rashford,Watford captain Troy Deeney, who earlier announced that he had disabled comments on his Instagram profile after receiving racist messages in April, was one of many Premier League stars to launch the boycott.
Deeney also said: “My team-mates and I have been on the receiving end of well documented abuse from a minority of narrow-minded, ignorant people both on social media and on the pitch.
“Any racism in football is too much, and it’s essential that we fight it wherever and whenever we see it.
“On (good) Friday we are sending a message to anyone that abuses players – or anyone else – whether from the crowd or online, that we won’t tolerate it within football, the boycott is just one small step, but the players are speaking out with one voice against racism — enough is enough.”
Another victim of racial abuse was Tottenham defender Danny Rose, one of those to face the abuse, declared afterwards that he “can’t wait to see the back of football”
“I don’t want any future players to go through what I’ve been through in my career,” he stated as he co-launched the #Enough campaign, which runs until 9am BST on Saturday morning.
Sterling has become something of a figurehead in the fight against racism in recent months. After he was allegedly racially abused during a game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Sterling published a post on IG highlighting the treatment received by black players,criticizing a section of the media for helping to “fuel racism” through their portrayals.
England and Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has said: “The time has come for social media to consider regulating their channels, taking responsibility for protecting the mental health of users regardless of age, race, sex or income.”
His teammate Ashley Young was the subject of racist tweets following his team’ on Tuesday following Manchester uniteds exit at the Champions League
Derby County midfielder Duane Holmes was abused in the dugout during a game against Brentford,