Messi backs British social media boycott

Sun 02 May 2021 | 8:50

Started with Thierry Henry, British sports persons decided to boycott social media for the waves of racial abuse that occurred on the social media platforms.

In a long statement that was shared in Messi’s Instagram account, Messi asked Facebook, Twitter and other social media companies to do more to prevent racial abuse cases, and pledged his support for the four-day initiative, which is in an attempt to tackle online abuse and discrimination.

"I would like you, the 200 million people who follow me, to become the 200 million reasons that exist to make the networks a safe and respectful place, where we can share what we want without fear of being insulted," he wrote.

"And that insults, racism, abuse and discrimination remain outside of them forever. For you who are part of these networks and who are always with me, I hope you will accompany me and support me in this crusade."

He added: "Big hug to all and congratulations to all the football people in the United Kingdom for their idea of putting together the campaign against abuse and discrimination in networks."

Uniting for the boycott that’s planned to be held from Friday to Monday, football organizations in both England and Scotland have confirmed the participation of clubs and football organizations in Scotland.

In addition to British associations, UEFA urged players, clubs and national associations "to lodge formal complaints whenever players, coaches, referees or officials are victims of unacceptable tweets or messages".

source: SportMob

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