It is a scourge in the face of which the leaders of certain social networks are called upon to put an end to it. Since the appearance of Faceboook, Twitter and other social platforms, hate messages and death threats have proliferated. And the world of football is no exception. Between messages of insults (sometimes racist) or other threats, the balloon players are not spared. Faced with this growing phenomenon, the LFP has decided to act and has just communicated on this subject.
“Meeting on June 22, 2021, the Board of Directors of the LFP adopted the following motion:
The 2020/2021 season has been marked by an escalation of hate speech towards managers and players in professional football.
On social networks, some embittered or pseudo-supporters bettors have not hesitated to target players, coaches, referees or managers by sending them death messages and sometimes racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic comments. The entourage of professional football players has also been targeted.
Physically, violent intrusions by pseudo-supporters into the stadium or the training center have led to verbal and physical attacks, which have been or will be subject to judicial treatment.
Meeting on June 22, the Board of Directors of the LFP reaffirms its full support for the leaders of clubs and players in the game. Faced with hatred, all professional football will continue to mobilize by reaffirming its commitments to fight against all forms of discrimination and by helping clubs in their regulatory and legal proceedings against troublemakers.
As such, the LFP has thus initiated working groups with Facebook and Twitter to counter hatred on social networks. With Facebook, several actions have already made it possible to block users, who had published racist messages in the direction of players. This work must now continue and intensify to better prepare for the new season. Under the conditions set by the health authorities, the return of the public to the stadiums is expected by all when the championships resume.
Football must remain a moment of sharing and respect between managers, referees, players and supporters. “