Social Media boycott

Queen’s Park is joining clubs, governing and league bodies across men’s and women’s games to cease activity on social media from 15:00 BST on Friday 30 April to 23:59 BST on Monday 3 May.

Scottish football has united to support a boycott of social media in response to continuing racist and discriminatory abuse online aimed at players, staff, supporters, and others associated with the game.

Clubs across the country will join the Scottish FA, Scottish Professional Football League, Scottish Women’s Football and PFA Scotland in switching-off all social media activity from 15:00 on Friday 30 April and will remain silent until 23:59 on Monday 3 May.

Club President David Hunter said: “Discrimination of any kind is unacceptable and has no place in Scottish football.  We must recognise the online abuse received by some of those involved in our game recently is abhorrent.  Queen’s Park Football Club remains committed to be a club that is inclusive and welcoming to all.

“Everyone at the club will continue to work with partners, including Show Racism the Red Card, the Scottish FA, the SPFL, the SWF and Police Scotland to drive home the message that there’s no place in our game for discrimination of any kind.”

Fraser Wishart, PFA Scotland Chief Executive: “PFA Scotland has long supported campaigns against all forms of discrimination and our members have kept the issues of racism and social injustice in the public eye this season.  The social media boycott is another way for our members to continue to raise awareness around the issue.  However, gestures alone are not enough: the abuse online by those hiding behind their keyboard must stop.

“We call upon social media companies to engage in meaningful dialogue with a view to providing a mechanism to stop and report all forms of abuse to the relevant authorities. Comments can be hurtful to players and their families and have a profound effect on their lives.  In 2021 our members deserve much better.”

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