With the ease of being able to watch football matches at the luxury of your home is certainly a privilege at this point of time. Moreover the rise of social media platforms has enabled fans to come closer to their beloved football club even more. Nowadays everyone can stay up to date with their teams performance at the click of a button.
However this has also enabled the rise of Online Abuse that players and coaches face on thier social media handles. Racist remarks are common but death threats and instances of threatening to harm the player’s families are also present. To make a statement against these vile beings, Premier League clubs have decided to stand together.
Premier League clubs against online abuse
Recently a Chelsea ‘fan’ posted hate comments targetting the Jewish community. The club has decided to ban the fan from being associated with Chelsea for ten years.
Following the conclusion of court proceedings in February, the Club conducted our own investigation into the matter and has taken the decision to ban the individual from Chelsea FC for a period of 10 years.
Everybody at Chelsea is proud to be part of a diverse club. Our players, staff, fans and visitors to the club come from a wide range of backgrounds, including the Jewish community, and we want to ensure everyone feels safe, valued and included. We will not tolerate any behaviour from supporters that threatens that aim.
The Premier League released the following statement.
Social media companies must do more to stop online abuse.
That is why this weekend, the Premier League and our clubs will join other leagues, governing bodies and organisations across English football and wider sport to boycott social media and demand change.
The Premier Leagueand our clubs will switch off Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts across a full fixture programme, from 15:00 BST on Friday 30 April until 23:59 BST on Monday 3 May.