Women’s Euros: England among the most abused teams on social media during the group stage, according to a UEFA report | Soccer News


UEFA say they reported 290 abusive social media posts during the Women’s Euro group stage, with England, Spain, France and Italy being the most targeted teams.

UEFA launched a new monitoring portal at the start of the tournament with the aim of monitoring, reporting and remedying instances of abuse on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Twitter.

A total of 618 posts from 528 individual accounts were flagged for review during the group stage, which ran from July 6-18, with 47% of posts being flagged to the relevant social media companies.

Of these, 55% were removed by the platforms, with the average removal time after publication being reported as taking 63 minutes.

Nineteen percent of reported messages were targeted at individual players, 20% were targeted at team accounts, 17% were targeted at coaches, and 39% were targeted at competitions and competition-related accounts.

Monitoring of social media platforms showed that 70% of reported posts were for generalized abuse, which includes abuse that does not specifically target a group or community.

In addition, 20% presented sexism, 6% racism and 4% homophobia.

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Spain take on England for a place in the semi-finals on Wednesday night

UEFA said it would use the data it collected to “work with national associations and social media companies to better tackle abuse during the rest of the tournament and beyond”.

He added: “UEFA works closely with major social media platforms such as Twitter, Meta [Instagram and Facebook] and TikTok on these issues.

“Furthermore, it proactively engages with participating teams, updating them before the tournament and after each match, and engages in frequent dialogue with social platforms on the measures available to protect players, referees and officials from online abuse.”

Michele Uva, UEFA’s director of football and social responsibility, said: “Our main objective is always to protect our game. It’s great to see the project in action and I’m happy that we can already see the concrete impact this has based on the group stage numbers.

“Positions are being identified and removed and we hope this will give players, coaches and referees the opportunity to be protected by UEFA.

“Our next steps are to work proactively to prevent, report and facilitate the removal of abusive posts and comments, and we recognize our responsibility and role in this regard. We will continue to share our insights in the final part of our fantastic EURO and in future UEFA events.”

In June, a report published by FIFA and FIFPRO revealed that more than half of the players who played in the last men’s Euro 2020 and AFCON finals were attacked online before, during and after the match.

Ahead of the Women’s Euros, England coach Sarina Wiegman has revealed the Lionesses are working on plans to protect players from social media abuse.

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