The boycott of world sport to social media gathers momentum after UEFA joined the English football initiative, led by the Premier League, in a show of solidarity against online insults and threats suffered mainly by some players in the last weeks.
UEFA will add to the boycott this weekend, which will consist of not resorting to them from 3:00 p.m. tomorrow until 11:59 p.m. next Monday.
The European body announced that it will not publish anything on its platforms due to the need to take measures to curb hatred and mistreatment directed at footballers and people involved in sport.
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin believes that action must be taken. “There have been abuses both in the field and on social media. This is unacceptable and must be stopped, with the help of the public, the legislative authorities and the giants of social networks, “said the leader in a statement.
Allowing a culture of hate to grow with impunity is dangerous
“Allowing a culture of hatred to grow with impunity is dangerous, very dangerous, not only for football, but for society as a whole. That is why we support this initiative. The time has come for football to take a stand and I have been impressed by the solidarity shown by players, clubs and stakeholders, ”continues Ceferin.
Urge to file formal complaints
In the UEFA statement, Ceferin urges “players, clubs and national associations to present formal complaints whenever players, coaches, referees or officials are victims of unacceptable tweets or messages” and reproached that “we have already had enough cowards that they hide in anonymity to spit out their harmful ideologies ”.
The English soccer institutions agreed to carry out a boycott on social networks next weekend in protest at the “continuous discriminatory abuses” that players and people related to the world of soccer receive through the networks.