UEFA announces social media boycott


The UEFA has announced it will be joining a social media boycott this weekend alongside the Women’s Super League, the Premier League and a host of other English soccer stakeholders.

The groups will go silent on social media in a show of solidarity in the fight against online abuse.

The boycott will last from Friday until Monday.

“There have been abuses both on the pitch and on social media,” UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said in a statement on Thursday. “Allowing a culture of hatred to grow with impunity is dangerous, very dangerous, not only for football, but for society as a whole.

“I urge everyone – players, clubs and national associations – to lodge formal complaints whenever players, coaches, referees or officials are victims of unacceptable tweets or messages. We’ve had enough of these cowards who hide behind their anonymity to spew out their noxious ideologies.”

Chelsea F.C. forward Sam Kerr tweeted her support for the boycott on Friday, calling on others to join the effort.

There are two Women’s Champions League semifinal games happening this weekend:

  • Barcelona vs. PSG, Sunday, 6 am ET (tied 1-1 on aggregate)
  • Chelsea vs. Bayern, Sunday, 7:30 am ET (Bayern up 2-1 on aggregate)