Swansea City will boycott the use of social media for a week in protest against the racial abuse suffered by players in England in recent months. The Championship club (English Second Division) announced this Thursday that all its players from the first team, the quarry, the women’s team, the coaching staff and the official accounts will stop for a week as a rejection of discrimination.
It has become common in the United Kingdom that, after matches, players receive insults through social networks, a practice that the Premier League and other institutions have put in the hands of the different social platforms to impose measures that prevent it . The latest cases have been those of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita who, after the defeat against Real Madrid, received monkey emoticons on their social networks.
In the specific case of Swansea, players Jamal Lowe, Ben Cabango and Yan Dhanda have suffered racist insults in the past two months, prompting Swansea to make this drastic decision. “It seems incredible to me that we continue to talk about racism today. We know the pressure players are under and we should not underestimate how this kind of social media comment can affect them,” Swansea captain Matt Grimes said in a statement.
Swansea is not the first to make a decision of this style and Thierry Henry, a few weeks ago, announced his departure from the networks until they solved the problem of racism with which they live.