Arsenal chief executive, Vinai Venkatesham has come out to say that the club might consider social media boycott to fight against online abuse against footballers. He recently revealed that nothing is off the table when it comes to the battle against social media abuse.
According to him, the fans must know that the club can definitely boycott popular platforms like Instagram and Twitter if the sorry act continues on the internet.
He added that Arsenal will not accept the dark side of social media, and the club will keep doing everything possible to correct the wrongs.
His words, “I would say that nothing is off the table,”
“We have taken the approach that we feel is appropriate and use the power of the following that we have on social media to send, what we think, is a really powerful message around our campaign.”
“We all have to acknowledge this has gone too far.”
“There is a really dark side to social media, and we cannot accept that. I don’t see that getting any better, I see it getting worse and we have to find a way to solve it. I’m not saying this is straightforward to fix.”
“My biggest fear is that this type of behaviour becomes normalised. My biggest fear is you will have young, black, footballers who will just say, ‘Being abused racially on social media goes with the territory of being a Premier League footballer.’ That is unacceptable and we cannot stand by and allow that to happen. It is 2021 and we need to use this as a wake-up call.”
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