Swansea Metropolis are boycotting all social media as a protest in opposition to on-line abuse and discrimination after three of their gamers suffered “abhorrent” racism since February.
The Sky Guess Championship aspect’s club-wide stance begins at 5pm on Thursday and lasts for seven days, taking in all its official channels.
The blackout covers all first-team gamers, plus the under-23s and under-18s, Swansea Metropolis Girls, the membership’s Group Belief and senior membership workers.
None will submit any content material till the boycott ends at 5pm on Thursday, 15 April.
The membership, in an announcement, stated “sufficient is sufficient”, after a number of of their gamers have been “subjected to abhorrent abuse previously seven weeks alone”.
They stated: “We really feel it’s proper to take a stand in opposition to behaviour that could be a blight on our sport, and society at massive.”
Metropolis captain Matt Grimes stated: “Three of our squad have been racially abused in current weeks.
“I discover it staggering that we’re nonetheless speaking about racism and abuse of this type… It should not be underestimated as to how such ranges of abuse can have an effect on somebody.
“Social media has supplied so many positives during the last decade, nonetheless, the sickening and vile abuse that we’re seeing on a each day and weekly foundation is wholly unacceptable.
“As an in depth and numerous group of gamers, that is one thing all of us really feel extraordinarily enthusiastic about.”
The most recent incident occurred after the Swans’ defeat at Birmingham Metropolis on Friday evening, when Jamal Lowe was racially abused on Instagram the next day, Sky Sports activities stated.
Yan Dhanda was additionally abused after February’s FA Cup loss to Manchester Metropolis and Ben Cabango was focused whereas on worldwide responsibility with Wales.
Three Liverpool gamers, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Naby Keita and Sadio Mane, turned the newest in a protracted listing of gamers to be focused on social media after Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final first-leg loss to Actual Madrid.
The Premier League champions known as for “the strongest doable preventative measures” to be taken over the matter.
Swansea have written to Twitter and Fb urging the introduction of harder policing and punishments for these discovered responsible of sending on-line abuse.
Emphasising the complete membership was “united” behind taking the stance, Metropolis stated they stood with gamers from different golf equipment “who’ve needed to endure vile discrimination on social media platforms”.
“As a membership we’re additionally aware of how social media can affect on the psychological well being of gamers and workers, and we hope our robust stance will spotlight the broader results of abuse,” they added.
Final month, former Arsenal and France striker Thierry Henry quit social media due to the shortage of motion from expertise firms to fight rising ranges of abuse on their platforms.
Tottenham’s Gareth Bale additionally stated he would help a football-wide boycott of social media if it helped to cease abuse.
In 2019, a number of main Premier League gamers staged a 24-hour social media boycott in protest at racist abuse.