UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin spoke out strongly concerning whether social media violence. This weekend, UEFA will join a social media blackout, according to Aleksander Ceferin, because the governing body has had enough of “cowards” who “spew out their noxious agendas” online. UEFA and FIFA will also join the campaign after English football announced four days social media boycott.
Ceferin believes that steps must be taken to protect footballers and those interested in the sport from what has become a “culture of hate.”
He said in a statement on Thursday: “There have been abuses both on the pitch and on social media. This is unacceptable and needs to be stopped, with the help of the public and legislative authorities and the social media giants.”
“Allowing a culture of hatred to grow with impunity is dangerous, very dangerous, not only for football but for society as a whole. This is why we are supporting this initiative. It is time for football to take a stand and I have been impressed with the solidarity shown by the players, clubs, and stakeholders.”
“I urge everyone – players, clubs and national associations – to lodge formal complaints whenever players, coaches, referees or officials are victims of unacceptable tweets or messages. We’ve had enough of these cowards who hide behind their anonymity to spew out their noxious ideologies.”
The social media silence commenced on Friday afternoon and will be continued till Monday night to highlight the racism and online abuse directed on players and sports officials.
FIFA, the world football’s governing body said in a statement “FIFA supports the initiative from English football to call out discriminatory and other offensive abuse on social media. This has no place in football or society more generally and we strongly condemn it.”
“We believe that authorities and social media companies should take real and effective steps to put an end to these abhorrent practices because it’s getting worse all the time and something needs to be done — and done quickly — to put a stop to it.”
The European Clubs Association (ECA) has also backed English football’s initiative, saying: “We stand with the English football community by supporting the boycott of social media this weekend and the campaign to eradicate online hate.”
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