— Published 30 April 2021

A boycott of social networks

The weekend is shaping up to be very quiet on social media. English football clubs and bodies have announced a boycott of their respective accounts, between Friday, April 30th, and Sunday, May 2nd, to fight against racism to which a growing number of players are victims on social networks. UEFA, in turn, has decided to join the movement. They said via a press release that they too would remain silent, starting this Friday from 3 pm (CEST). “I urge everyone – players, clubs and national associations – to lodge an official complaint whenever players, coaches, referees or officials are victims of unacceptable tweets or messages”, explains Slovenian Aleksander Ceferin, president of the European body. “We have had enough of these cowards who hide behind their anonymity to spit out their harmful ideologies”. The initiative for such a boycott was launched by former French player Thierry Henry. Settled again in England, after leaving his coaching duties with CF Montreal, Canada, he deleted his social media accounts. The former Bleus and Arsenal striker was initially followed by clubs in the lower divisions of England. Since then, the movement has grown, joining the Premier League and UEFA.