KNVB recently launched a political plan to tackle online racism and discrimination in Dutch football. We are scheduled to have a chat with Facebook about this next month.
All football clubs in England recently announced that they will shut down their Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts next weekend. Clubs want these platforms to do more to tackle racism and discrimination online. English clubs have concluded that football players increasingly have to deal with this. They actually called on social media in February via an open letter to take action after a wave of racist incidents on social media.
The boycott in the UK comes after a long history of accidents.
German national team Hoffenheim Today he said to follow the English model and boycott social media for a number of days.
In the past year, KNVB has already launched its ‘Football Our Football For All’ attack plan, which contains twenty components to address racism and discrimination. The union has been working on this for quite some time. KNVB also has an eye for the online approach. In cooperation with the government and professional football clubs, the federation wants to investigate the extent of internet racism in Dutch football. Based on this, a common policy plan should be developed for this approach.
The Dutch Football Association itself is already a bit further in its approach to racist and discriminatory reactions entering its social media channels. KNVB wants to address this more acutely and has presented the possibilities for this to various social interest groups.
A boycott of social media is indisputable, as is currently the case in Great Britain and the Netherlands. The boycott in the UK comes after a long history of incidents and discussions with social media companies that did not produce the desired result. “The boycott is now used as a last step there,” a KNVB spokesman said.
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