The boycott of social media last season has prompted platforms such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to engage with players' union PFA. Twitter has now changed its policy. Normally, racist and abusive tweets are not dealt with until reported. Now the social network is proactive, The Times reports. Twitter keeps an eye on the profiles of 50 black top players so that racism can tackle the platform.
All of Europe
Racism in football is certainly not limited to the Premier League. Footballers from all over Europe have been complaining for a long time about jungle sounds, banana peels thrown on the field and racist motto shouted at players in the stadium.
"I also don't really know if it will ever stop," footballer Urby Emanuelson said to the NOS in May. He has been through it his entire career, including at AC Milan, for example. For his team-mate Kevin-Prince Boateng, it was then even the reason to leave Italy and join Schalke 04 in Germany.
The problems are also known in our country. That is why last month, on the initiative of clubs, the KNVB started the directive 'Handling discrimination in the stadium'. It has been agreed that the contest will be stopped in case of hurtful and discriminatory scorn.
In England, too, the football union is now taking action. The FA has had a lot of criticism in the past, because the federation would react laxly to racist incidents. Last week, the organization promised in the future "to take more responsibility". Early this month, the FA announced that it would increase the minimum penalty for racist behavior. Anyone who is guilty of this for the first time will immediately be given a stadium ban for six games.
"The football union's advisory committee said, among other things, that face recognition can be used to identify offenders in the stadium," says Van Kleef. "But you don't have the people who comment on social media." It is not yet clear whether Twitter's initiative in this area is effective.