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England appoint two ‘social media captains’ on how to deal with potential abuse during Women’s Euros

England appoint two senior squad members as ‘social media captains’ on how to deal with potential abuse they could face at Women’s Euros as Rachel Daly insists younger stars can ‘lean on us for support’

  • England appoints two ‘social media captains’ on how to deal with possible abuse
  • The Lionesses want to support younger players who play at the European Championship
  • Next month there will be nine tournament debutants in the Lionesses selection
  • Rachel Daly, 30, says senior players want to help young stars manage platforms

England have appointed two experienced players as ‘social media captains’ to talk to younger members of the squad about how to deal with potential abuse during the Women’s Euros.

A joint investigation by FIFA and FIFPRO found that more than half of the players who took part in Euro 2020 and the Africa Cup of Nations were abused online. Homophobic statements were the most common form of insult, followed by racism.

There are nine tournament debutants in the Lionesses squad and Rachel Daly, 30, said the more experienced players are taking an active role in helping the younger stars manage their platforms.

“We had discussions about it a few camps ago before the European Championship, knowing what we know about abuse and things on social media, how it can be a great place, but also a pretty tough place.

“We have social media captains on the team and I think that’s really helpful in getting insights, especially for the younger players because it’s their first tournament.

England appoint two 'social media captains' to help younger players in squad deal with potential abuse during next month's European Women's Championship

England appoint two ‘social media captains’ to help younger players in squad deal with potential abuse during next month’s European Women’s Championship

Rachel Daly, 30, says England's more experienced players are taking an active role in helping the younger stars deal with abuse

Rachel Daly, 30, says England’s more experienced players are taking an active role in helping the younger stars deal with abuse

“I think it’s something that they can lean on us for support, more of the older players around the abuse they may have received. We shared some of our insights and some people’s experiences.’

England manager Sarina Wiegman said she will leave it to her players to decide whether to use social media during the tournament, but acknowledged that they have made plans to keep negativity away from the squad.

“We have had conversations with the players. We’ve had that [abuse] before. Unfortunately, the players also have some experience with the club teams.

“We’re just trying to make the best plan to stay away from the abuse and not get it into your system.

Sarina Wiegman says it is up to the players whether they want to use social media during the European Championship

Sarina Wiegman says it is up to the players whether they want to use social media during the European Championship

“I think there are some things put in place by organizations to prevent abuse to make sure it doesn’t reach the players, so hopefully that works.

“We talk about things and we talk about behavior, but players make their own choices, so we’re not going to force them to do one or the other.

‘We’re just trying to make everyone aware of what can happen and what the consequences are of the choices you make.

“If you really don’t want to be involved in it and you want to be sure, then it should be good to get off social media.”

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