TEAMtalk.com will go silent on our social media channels for four days from Friday 30 April in a show of solidarity against racism and online abuse.
It has been announced that a coalition of English football’s largest governing bodies and organisations including the Football Association, Premier League and EFL will go silent in response to the ongoing and sustained discriminatory abuse received online by players and many others connected to the game.
The website will still provide the latest transfer news and rumours, as well as match reports and manager reaction from all the weekend’s big games.
At TEAMtalk, we are united in saying enough is enough. We hope the silence forces the powers that be to take more seriously online abuse and racism.
The move follows social media boycotts from Swansea, Birmingham and Rangers in recent weeks, with Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson stating he would be willing to follow Arsenal great Thierry Henry in coming offline altogether in protest against racist behaviour.
The Swans were prompted to take action after Yan Dhanda, Ben Cabango and Jamal Lowe were all targeted, while Marcus Rashford, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Raheem Sterling and Tyrone Mings are also on the long list of players to have suffered racist abuse online in recent times.
Making a stand
In February, eight of the coalition wrote a letter to Twitter and Facebook’s chief executives Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg. In it they stated those platforms, along with Instagram, needed do more to stamp out abuse.
The latest statement said that “while some progress has been made, we reiterate those requests today in an effort to stem the relentless flow of discriminatory messages and ensure that there are real-life consequences for purveyors of online abuse across all platforms”.
“While football takes a stand, we urge the UK Government to ensure its online safety bill will bring in strong legislation to make social media companies more accountable for what happens on their platforms, as discussed at the DCMS online abuse roundtable earlier this week,” it added.
The Rangers boycott was in support of Glen Kamara and Kemar Roofe after their Europa League match against Slavia Prague.
We stand together!