Professional Footballers Boycotts Social media due to the rise of Racial Abuse
April 20, 2019
Enough is Enough
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.
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.
this campaign is seeking more attention to the governing bodies to take a
tougher penalty on those found guilty on any racism offenses.
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
EPL PLAYERS #ENOUGH CAMPAIGN
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.
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.
racism in football is too much, and it’s essential that we fight it wherever
and whenever we see it.
(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.”
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”
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.
3 April 2019, in Italy, Juventus’ teenage striker moise keane suffered brutal
racial abuse during a Serie A match against
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.
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
teammate Ashley Young was the subject of racist tweets following his team’ on
Tuesday following Manchester uniteds exit at the Champions League
County midfielder Duane Holmes was abused in the dugout during a game against