The KNVP has recently launched a policy program to deal with online racism and discrimination in Dutch football. A conversation with Facebook about this theme is scheduled for next month.
All football clubs in the UK recently announced that they would close their accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram next weekend. Clubs want these sites to do more to deal with racism and discrimination online. Football players have to deal with this more and more, English clubs decide. They had already called on social media in February with an open letter to take action in the wake of the wave of racist incidents on social media.
Neglect in the UK comes after a long history of incidents.
The German team Hoffenheim today announced that it will boycott social media for several days following the English example.
Last year, the KNVP already launched an offensive program called ‘Our football belongs to everyone’, which has twenty elements to deal with racism and discrimination. The union has been working on this for some time. KNVP for online access The association, along with government and professional football clubs, wants to investigate the extent of online racism in Dutch football. Based on this, a joint policy plan should be drawn up for the approach.
The Dutch Football Association is already a little ahead in its approach to racist and discriminatory reactions entering its own social media channels. KNVP wants to tackle this more sharply and has provided the possibilities for this to various social welfare groups.
Like Great Britain, there is no doubt that the Netherlands is currently ignoring social media. “The boycott in the UK comes after long incidents and discussions with social media companies. The boycott is now being used as a last resort there,” a KNVP spokesman said.
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