As an affiliate member of the Football Supporters Association (FSA), BIAS will be joining the football-wide social media boycott next weekend.
The FA, Premier League, EFL, FA Women’s Super League, FA Women’s Championship, PFA, LMA, PGMOL, Kick It Out and the FSA are uniting for a social media boycott from 15.00 on Friday 30 April to 23.59 on Monday 3 May, in response to the ongoing and sustained discriminatory abuse received online by players and many others connected to football.
Brentford FC will also be supporting the boycott and their website message can be found Here
While we recognise the value and role social media plays in our game, online abuse cannot be tolerated and we continue to support the FSA and the football authorities to strongly pursue all avenues open to us to affect change. This boycott is only part of the work being undertaken in this area but further highlights the need for social media companies to take additional responsibility for the inappropriate and unwelcome behaviour that appears on their platforms.
Football is a diverse sport, which brings together communities and cultures from all backgrounds and this diversity makes the competition stronger. As fans we stand with players, managers, referees and all in the game in calling for the social media companies to “step up.”
BIAS is a fully democratic, inclusive and independent supporters’ group. We do not discriminate or treat anyone less favourably on the grounds of age, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status, race or nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion/belief or disability, and we fully support this call for action.
Please join us today if you are not already a member, as we need your support. Membership is FREE and it only takes a couple of minutes to join – just visit our website: bias.org.uk/join
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