Italy and Portugal join the boycott of social networks

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) and the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) joined the English football institutions and UEFA on Thursday and announced that it will boycott social networks from this Friday to next Monday to oppose the insults and threats that circulate daily on these platforms.

Like English football and UEFA, the FIGC and the FPF will not publish content on their profiles on social networks from 15.00 local (13.00 GMT) this Friday until 23.59 (21.59 GMT) next Monday, the agency reported in a official statement.

“We want to give our contribution in this campaign of civilization. The time has come to say enough. Because of the importance of football in our society, it is necessary that everyone recognize the responsibility of sending positive messages against those who hate,” said FIGC president, Gabriele Gravina.

“It is sport, it is joy, it is not a platform to feed violence, contempt and vulgarity,” he added.

For its part, in its statement, the Portuguese Football Federation considers that the objective is “to combat continuous and frequent online abuse of various agents of the football industry.

The FIGC and the FPF made their position official after the English football institutions agreed to carry out a boycott on social networks this weekend in protest of the “continuous discriminatory abuses” that players receive through the networks, the players and people related to the world of soccer.