UEFA will join the boycott of English football on social networks, in which it will remain silent from tomorrow until next Monday, to show its solidarity in the fight against insults and threats in virtuality.
The agency announced this Thursday that it will not publish anything on its platforms between 3:00 p.m. (CET) tomorrow and 11:59 p.m. (CET) next Monday, May 3, given the need to take measures to stop hatred and mistreatment directed at footballers and those who participate in the game.
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin called the abuses unacceptable both on the pitch and on social media, saying that “they must be stopped, with the help of public and legislative authorities and the social media giants.”
“Allowing the culture of hatred to grow with impunity is dangerous, very dangerous, not only for football, but for the whole of society. 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 displayed by players, clubs and stakeholders, “he said.
UEFA will join a coalition of English footballing stakeholders by staying silent across its social media platforms this weekend.
The aim of the boycott is to show solidarity in the fight against online abuse. It will run from 16:00 CEST on Friday to 23:59 CEST on Monday.
– UEFA (@UEFA) April 29, 2021
In a UEFA statement, Ceferin urged “players, clubs and national associations to file formal complaints whenever players, coaches, referees or officials are victims of unacceptable tweets or messages” and reproached the conduct of “cowards who hide in anonymity to spit out their harmful ideologies. “
The English soccer institutions agreed days ago to carry out a “boycott” on social networks next weekend in protest of the “continuous discriminatory abuses” that players and people related to the game receive through the networks. football world.