Rangers will become the first club in Scotland to boycott all social media channels in response to abuse and discrimination online.
Not all players and management will post on the platforms for a period of one week, starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
Rangers express concern over daily racist abuse their players face, as captain James Tavernier says Sky Sports News ahead of the Old Firm game on March 21, every black player at the club has been abused on social media this season.
UEFA and Scottish police are currently investigating the alleged racist abuse suffered by midfielder Glen Kamara against Slavia Prague in the Europa League on March 18. Kamara says she has been abused every day since that game.
Forward Kemar Roofe has revealed he has also been targeted in recent weeks. The 28-year-old has highlighted several instances of racist abuse he has suffered on Instagram since his expulsion from Slavia Prague.
A club statement read: “The Rangers can confirm that starting at 7pm tonight, our players and management will participate in a week-long boycott of all social media channels.
“This is to highlight the lingering concerns about the lack of accountability and accountability on the part of social media.
“In particular, we are concerned about the daily racist abuse that our players have to endure, and we believe that while social media can be a very positive and healthy communication platform, it is undeniable that hate levels are now becoming uncontrollable. “
Rangers general manager Stewart Robertson said: “We can confirm that as a board of directors and as a club we fully support our players and our management on this issue.
“In addition, we arranged to meet with Facebook and Instagram to highlight our growing concerns.
“Having spoken to a wide range of clubs across the UK we know these concerns are shared by all clubs and it is fair to say that everyone is losing patience with the lack of action from media companies social.
“The Rangers hope that clear and direct action will be taken from social media platforms. Basic user verification, as part of the registration process, on any social media platform, will ensure that users are both identifiable and accountable for their actions and We will talk about this next week at our scheduled meetings.
“The Rangers have rigorously pushed forward their flagship ‘Everyone’ campaign, garnering praise and support from other clubs, governing bodies and politicians, and we will continue to stand firmly against all forms of discrimination. Enough is enough.
“We hope social media companies recognize the benefits of verified accounts. If not, it’s time for the government to step in and legislate. As a club, we will continue to consider any options that increase the pressure on them. social media platforms, until they begin to work proactively for the benefit of society at large.
“The Rangers players and management will begin their boycott from today at 7 p.m. for a week.”
Rangers began to take a stand against racism ahead of matches, rather than against a knee. The first time they did this was alongside Celtic on March 21.
Sky Bet championship clubs Swansea City and Birmingham City announced on Thursday that they are also boycotting social media for a week following a wave of “heinous” racial abuse on platforms.
The latest incident came after the Swans were defeated in Birmingham on Friday night, when Jamal Lowe was racially abused on Instagram the next day.
Swansea’s Yan Dhanda was abused after the FA Cup loss to Manchester City and Ben Cabango was targeted while on international duty with Wales.
Facebook: we don’t want discriminatory abuse
Facebook, which owns Instagram, has repeatedly said it does not allow attacks against people based on protected characteristics such as race, religion, nationality or sexual orientation.
A Facebook spokesperson said, “We don’t want discriminatory abuse on Instagram or Facebook.
“We share the goal of fighting this problem and want to empower those who share it. We do this by acting on content and accounts that violate our rules and by cooperating with law enforcement when we receive a valid legal request.
“We also recently announced that we will take tougher action when we become aware of people breaking our rules in MDs, and we’ve built tools to help protect people, including the ability to never receive MD from. someone you don’t follow.
“This work is ongoing and we are committed to doing more. We also know that these issues are bigger than us, so we are working with industry, government and others to collectively drive societal change through action. and education. “
Rangers and Swansea players join a growing list who have been victims of online abuse in recent weeks, Brentford’s Ivan Toney also abused after Tuesday night’s goalless draw with Birmingham.
Manchester United foursome Anthony Martial, Axel Tuanzebe, Marcus Rashford and Fred were also targeted, while Liverpool duo Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita suffered racist abuse following their loss to Real Madrid this week.
Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry also described racism on social media as “too toxic to ignore” and has disabled all of his accounts following recent instances on the platform.
British Football Police Chief Constable Mark Roberts last month said the response from social media companies in helping police identify attackers has been “dismal”.
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