Chelsea FC: boycott of social media to begin from this weekend club declared
English football club Chelsea FC boycott of social media to begin.
English Clubs are turning down the social media this weekend so Chelsea FC is doing the same in order to support the cause. The Premier League club turning off their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, and including youtube, from 15:00 BST on Friday 30 April until 23:59 BST on Monday 3 May.
Chelsea FC has come up together to support the cause and the purpose to eradicate online abuse of any kind towards players, managers, and staff. Their step and measures including filtering, blocking, plus swift takedowns of offensive posts, improved verification processes including re-registration prevention, plus active assistance for law enforcement agencies to identify and prosecute originators of illegal content.
Chelsea FC Men’s Manager Thomas Tuchel said: ‘It’s very important because anything we can do, any sign, any action, we should do. It’s a big problem because on social media you can write anything and nobody knows who you are. So it is a big platform for abuse and we should take any measures we can.”
Chelsea FC Women’s Head Coach Emma Hayes added: ‘It’s finally time to put an end to keyboard warriors that can hide behind anonymous profiles without recrimination, while people are being abused daily without consequence. I support the entire football community in our efforts to stamp out discrimination of all forms.”
Statement on sanctions in response to abusive messages.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 30, 2021
Football is a diverse sport, which brings together communities and cultures from all backgrounds, and this diversity makes football stronger. And to support the cause various clubs are supporting the matter so Chelsea FC and two of Chelsea’s players, Reece James, and Christian Pulisic, have further spoken on the subject.
‘Enough is enough and it is time for the social media companies to start taking more action on the people who are stepping over the line,’ said James.
‘It has happened numerous times this season and in previous seasons and it is maybe in the press for one or two days and then it kind of just gets brushed under the mat. It is devastating to get abuse. It can really affect you and make you think twice and doubt yourself.’
Pulisic said: ‘The goal is to make a stand and put an end to the online abuse that players are receiving. It is horrible to see and so I really hope this can show we are not messing around with this, we want this to end. Nobody deserves any hate like that online.’
“The Premier League and our clubs stand alongside football in staging this boycott to highlight the urgent need for social media companies to do more in eliminating racial hatred” Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters
Chelsea FC acknowledges that we all have our part to play in it and, following the boycott, later Chelsea will be announcing additional measures that they will take as a club to fight discriminatory abuse on social media platforms or any kind of racial abuse.