• Louis Wishlade

Fulham Join Social Media Boycott

Updated: May 7

The English football leagues have collectively announced a social media boycott between Friday 30th April and Monday 3rd May. The weekend long snub is in response to the online platforms' lacklustre efforts to curb racist and discriminatory abuse. Fulham have announced their participation in the effort.

In a statement released on the 24th April, Fulham announced they will unite with multiple football organisations in boycotting social media, forcing sites like Twitter and Instagram into action over discriminatory messages.

This is in response to the Premier League’s February letter to the social platforms, reiterating English football’s collective position on racism and discrimination. They suggest actions that the mediums should take prevent abuse whilst identifying and prosecute perpetrators. The clubs also call on the British government, urging it to bring in tough legislation to hold social media platforms accountable.

Summary of the key points from Fulham's statement on the social media boycott.

Photo Credit: Fulham FC

This comes as the beautiful game is showing its ugly side. Racist abuse is seemingly becoming more prevalent, placing football in an extremely shameful light. Recent high-profile cases have included Glen Kamara, Kemar Roofe, Raheem Sterling and Thierry Henry, to name a few.

Whilst players are currently taking the knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, it is clear more must be done – a point Patrick Bamford made after Leeds’s draw at Anfield. His words when asked about the European Super League, which resonated throughout football, were:

“Its amazing the amount of uproar that comes into the game when someone’s pocket is being hurt. It’s a shame its not like this with everything that’s wrong with the game, like racism.”

- Patrick Bamford

Fulham have also promoted their FULSTOP. campaign, encouraging fans to report discriminatory abuse, whether online or in-person.

Fulham's FULSTOP. campaign encourages victims of discriminatory abuse to report it.

Photo Credit: Fulham FC

The boycott means social media updates on the SW6 derby will not be available. Instead, fans should visit Fulham’s ‘match centre’ for team news, live commentary and updates, match reports and reactions as well as highlights. Fulham vs Chelsea, will also be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event, kicking off at 5:30 pm on Saturday 1st May.

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