Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Davinson Sanchez was subjected to ugly racist messages on social media last night following his side’s 2-2 draw at Newcastle United.
Social media platforms have often refused to take action on users that racially abuse football players, and that has prompted Arsenal legend Thierry Henry to quit the micro-blogging sites until further notice.
Spurs winger Gareth Bale has also suggested a massive boycott of social media until the platforms start to take responsibility to curb racism.
Tottenham has sent a message of support to Sanchez following last night’s ugly incident:
We are disgusted by the racist messages received by Davinson Sanchez today and are calling on social media platforms to take action.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 4, 2021
Serie A giants AC Milan have also reacted to the abuses the Spurs star received, taking to Twitter to send this message to him and the club:
We are saddened to hear of yet more racist incidents shaking the world of football. We stand with @daosanchez26, @SpursOfficial, @Diakhaby_5 and @valenciacf. Together, we must keep on fighting to build awareness in the name of tolerance and inclusivity.#WeRespAct pic.twitter.com/UFzYOoKu7z
— AC Milan (@acmilan) April 5, 2021
While Twitter, Facebook and Instagram will swiftly remove content that violates copyright, they fail to maintain that level of energy when battling racism.
Footballers and football clubs boycotting social media en masse will be a good way to spur these platforms into taking action. Only such a drastic move will get everyone’s attention.