LE SCAN SPORT – For a week, the second division club in England will close its digital platforms to protest against racism. A first in the world of football.
Welsh club Swansea, who play with England D2, announced on Thursday that they would suspend all social media activity for a week to protest against racist insults directed at their players. Defender Ben Cabango, attacking midfielder Yan Dhanda and striker Jamal Lowe had been the target of racist comments recently.
“From today (4:00 p.m. GMT, 6:00 p.m. Paris time), all the players of the first team, of the professional sector of the training center (U23 and U18), the women’s team (…), the main staff members and official club accounts (on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Youtube and TikTok) will not post anything for a period of seven days, ”the club said in its statement. Only the official club website will continue to operate during this period when Swansea faces Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday.
The club calls for more firmness on Twitter and Facebook
The club, which also wrote to Facebook and Twitter to demand more control and stronger sanctions against those who published insults online, thus wants “to be alongside players from other clubs who must suffer unworthy discrimination on social networks ”. The cases of players receiving insults of a racist nature in comments of their publications or by messages are very frequently denounced.
On Wednesday, Liverpool players Trent Alexander-Arnold, Naby Keita and Sadio Mane were the target after the defeat (2-1) against Real Madrid in the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League. About ten days ago, star Wales striker Gareth Bale said he was ready to join a social media boycott movement to tackle racist abuse and online harassment in the wake of the decision taken on Friday by Thierry Henry to deactivate his accounts.
“As a tight-knit and very diverse group of players, this is a subject that touches us a lot,” said men’s first team captain Matt Grimes. “Three of us have been insulted in the last few weeks and as a team and as a club we wanted to take this position to once again challenge those who run these social media companies to make the necessary changes. now and in the future, ”he added.