Island clubs and associations join national anti-discrimination social media blackout

JERSEY REDS and the Jersey FA have today joined professional clubs and associations across the nation in boycotting social media for three days, as part of a fight against online discrimination.

Jersey Reds and the Jersey FA are among those joining the likes of England Rugby and the Premier League by boycotting social media this weekend in a stand against online racism and discrimination Picture: MATTHEW VINCENT/PA WIRE
Jersey Reds and the Jersey FA are among those joining the likes of England Rugby and the Premier League by boycotting social media this weekend in a stand against online racism and discrimination Picture: MATTHEW VINCENT/PA WIRE

From 3pm today until 11.59pm on Monday, online platforms will be void of posts and interaction from a growing number of high-profile sporting organisations, including the England FA, the Rugby Football Union, England and Wales Cricket Board and the Lawn Tennis Association.

The blackout, which was first confirmed earlier this week by a coalition featuring the FA, Premier League and EFL, represents an attempt to force media-platform owners to impose harsher punishments against those who subject players to online abuse, racism and harassment.

Big-name clubs, sponsors and broadcasters have also agreed to join the cause, including BT Sport.

Jersey FA chief executive David Kennedy said: ‘Discrimination of any kind has absolutely no place at all in Jersey football and as an association we’re committed to ensure football is welcoming to everyone. Diversity is a part of what makes Jersey football what it is and should be protected and championed. Social media provides a wonderful platform for everyone to communicate, therefore it is important that these platforms are used positively. We have seen many high-profile issues from the use of social media [and] it’s great to see so many sports and governing bodies uniting together to send such a strong message to the social media platforms.’

Jersey Reds chairman Mark Morgan added: ‘This is obviously something we feel strongly about. Clearly we wish to show solidarity across the sports and push back on this terrible behaviour.’

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