Swansea City and its players will boycott social media for a week following racist abuse on Instagram.
The club announced on Thursday, from 17:00 BST on April 8 no posts will be uploaded for seven days on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linked In, YouTube, TikTok, and Snapchat.
Jamal Lowe was attacked by racist insult on Facebook-owned website, Instagram following the Swans’ defeat at Birmingham City on Friday night.
The forward posted the nasty message on his Instagram story, writing “some serious idiots out there” alongside it. However, later the account of the person, who wrote the racist comments, was deleted.
Since February this is the third incident recorded in Swansea City, where players received racism on social media.
The club which plays in England’s second-tier League Championship took over Twitter and asked for more rigorous policing and punishments for those posting racist messages.
The club says, “We feel it is right to take a stand against behavior that is a blight on our sport, and society at large.”
“As a football club, we have seen several of our players subjected to abhorrent abuse in the past seven weeks alone, and we feel it is right to take a stand against behavior that is a blight on our sport, and society at large.
“We will always be unwavering in our support of our players, staff, supporters, and the community that we proudly represent, and we are united as a club on this issue.
“We also want to stand with players from other clubs who have had to endure vile discrimination on social media platforms.
“As a club, we are also acutely aware of how social media can impact on the mental health of players and staff, and we hope our strong stance will highlight the wider effects of abuse.”
Racism is taking a hype in football these days, every other footballer is becoming a victim of racist abuse. Yesterday, Liverpool players Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keta were racially insulted. Do you stand with players against racism? Write it to us in the comments section.
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