Rangers will take part in a week-long social media boycott, according to ITV journalist Steve Scott.
The decision follows that of Swansea City and Birmingham City, who both confirmed they will do the same on Thursday, per Sky Sports.
On Twitter, Scott described the action as “football starting to take matters into its own hands”.
— Steve Scott (@stevescott_itv) April 8, 2021
Kemar Roofe has been the victim of racist abuse in recent weeks while Glen Kamara allegedly suffered racial abuse from an opposing player last month.
Roofe’s attacks came via Instagram, yet the social media platform has done nothing about it, just as it has failed to do so in a number of cases.
Last week Thierry Henry announced a social media blackout [The Guardian] and now clubs are following suit.
Time for action
There have been countless cases of players receiving racial abuse across leagues in the UK and in Europe.
Only on Thursday, Crystal Palace ace Patrick Van Aanholt revealed he had been sent racist messages from an individual who lost a bet because of the defender [Sky Sports].
It is time something was done about the shocking prevalence of racism in football – and it is time for social media companies to also take a stand.
Rangers have undoubtedly done the right thing and as the biggest club to join the blackout, this action will hopefully encourage other teams to do the same.
Meanwhile, institutions like the SFA and UEFA have to lead the way on things like this, and organise a campaign to stand up for the players who have been mistreated.
UEFA in particular has failed to appropriately deal with several cases across Europe.
They have provisionally suspended Ondrej Kudela for one game [Sky Sports] after he allegedly racially abused Kamara but they must deliver a just punishment to show they are trying to rid football of racism.
In other Rangers news, Jim White shared a two-word reaction to Kamara recently breaking his silence.