Rangers to boycott social media in response to online abuse and discrimination

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Rangers have become the first club in Scotland to boycott all social media channels in response to online abuse and discrimination.
All Rangers players and management will not post on social media platforms for a period of one week; "This is to underline the ongoing concerns over a lack of accountability and responsibility from social media outlets"; Swansea and Birmingham are also boycotting social media channels

Rangers will become the first club in Scotland to boycott all social media channels in response to online abuse and discrimination

Rangers have become the first club in Scotland to boycott all social media channels in response to online abuse and discrimination.

All players and management will not post on platforms for a period of one week, starting at 7pm on Thursday.

Rangers say they are concerned with the daily racist abuse their players have to endure, with captain James Tavernier telling Sky Sports News before the Old Firm game on March 21 that every black player at the club has been abused on social media this season.

UEFA and Police Scotland are currently investigating the alleged racist abuse suffered by midfielder Glen Kamara against Slavia Prague in the Europa League on March 18. Kamara says he has been sent abuse every day since that game.

Forward Kemar Roofe revealed he has also been targeted in recent weeks. The 28-year-old highlighted several instances of the racist abuse he has suffered on Instagram since being sent off against Slavia Prague.

A club statement read: "Rangers can confirm that as of 7pm this evening, our players and management will take part in a week-long boycott of all social media channels.

"This is to underline the ongoing concerns over a lack of accountability and responsibility from social media outlets.

Image: All Rangers players and management will not post on platforms for a period of one week, starting at 7pm on Thursday

"In particular, we are concerned with the daily racist abuse our players have to endure, and believe that although social media can be a very positive and healthy platform for communication, there is undoubted concern…
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