3 British soccer teams boycott social media over racism

Three British soccer clubs have announced week-long boycotts of social media over the racist abuse sent on the platforms

LONDON -- Three British soccer clubs announced week-long boycotts of social media on Thursday over the racist abuse sent on the platforms.

“We are concerned with the daily racist abuse our players have to endure, and believe that although social media can be a very positive and healthy platform for communication, there is undoubted concern the levels of hate are now spiraling out of control," Rangers said in a statement, calling for more robust verification processes.

“Three of our squad have been racially abused in recent weeks and, as a squad and club, we wanted to take this stance as we again call on those at the forefront of social media companies to implement the change that is needed now and in the future," Swansea captain Matt Grimes said.

“I find it staggering that we are still talking about racism and abuse of this kind. We are acutely aware of the pressures within football at this level, but it shouldn’t be underestimated as to how such levels of abuse can affect someone."

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