UEFA to boycott Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

AA | Thursday, April 29, 2021 – 17:44 | Last Updated: 29 04 2021 – 17:44

UEFA will close its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts for three days in order to protest the increasing cyber abuse and discriminatory rhetoric on social media.

According to the statement made by UEFA, it was announced that the boycott application initiated by British football clubs will be supported and social media accounts will be closed.

Speaking in the statement, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin emphasized that harassment and discriminatory discourses on the internet are unacceptable.

Stating that measures should be taken to stop the spread of this crime, Ceferin said:

“The player, coach, referee or official who is the victim of these unacceptable posts or messages, I urge everyone to file a formal complaint. We have more than enough of these cowards who hide behind their anonymous profiles to reveal their harmful ideologies.”

The social media boycott will begin at 15:00 UK local time on April 30 and end on May 3 at 23.59.

The British football community first announced their requests in a letter published in February, stating that offensive posts on social media should be filtered, blocked and quickly removed, and an improved verification process should be made for new records. In the past days, it was announced that the social media boycott will be held on the aforementioned dates, with the sharing of the British Football Federation.