Following recent online abuse, Championship side Swansea City have decided to take club-wide stance by boycotting all forms of social media for one week.
This boycott will include players in the first team, academy sides, women’s team as well as the club’s official accounts, who will stop posting from 5pm on April 8.
The Swans have become the first club to take this stance against racial abuse on social media. Indeed, over the past two months the Welsh sides players’: Jamal Lowe, Ben Cabango and Yan Dhanda have all been targets of discrimination online.
The club made this historic announcement via the official twitter account this week and Swansea City captain Matt Grimes said:
“As a close and diverse group of players this is something that we are extremely passionate about.
“Social media has provided so many positives over the last decade, however, the sickening and vile abuse that we are seeing on a daily and weekly basis is wholly unacceptable, and we hope that this stance across the club will be supported by everyone.
“We are a family, and we will always stand shoulder to shoulder with each other, whether that’s on the pitch or helping to fight injustice off it.”
The club’s chief executive Julian Winter, meanwhile, has sent letters to Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, and Facebook’s founder, chairman and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, to ask for “more stringent policing and punishments for those guilty of the appalling and cowardly abuse”.
This club-wide stance will cover the Swans forthcoming matches against Millwall on April 10 and their trip to Sheffield Wednesday on April 13. During this period the club news will be posted via the official website before a return to social media activity at 5pm on April 15.
Following this announcement, should more clubs follow Swansea City’s example to get Social Media platforms to do more to prevent online abuse? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below….