Premier League coaches fear young players for their eagerness to check social media accounts right after the game, England boss Gareth Southgate reveals … but he won’t try to convince his stars of platforms
- Gareth Southgate is concerned about his players’ eagerness to check social media
- It’s due to the toxic environment of abuse and racism that exists on platforms
- Southgate says players are ‘vulnerable’ after playing because they are fatigued
- But he will not persuade players to quit after Thierry Henry’s decision
England manager Gareth Southgate has revealed that Premier League coaches fear for their young players and their eagerness to check social media accounts immediately after the game, given the toxic environment of abuse and racism on platforms such as Twitter and Instagram.
But he won’t try to rip social media players in the wake of Thierry Henry’s decision to delete his accounts in protest at the feeble response from companies like Facebook, which own Instagram and Twitter in fighting racism online.
The England manager, who enjoyed his team connecting with fans on social media during the 2018 World Cup, said: wellbeing. scrolling through their phone. It’s a vulnerable time for people just after playing a game. They are tired, tired and what voice are they listening to?
Gareth Southgate is concerned about his players’ eagerness to look after games on social media
‘It seems like companies in charge don’t have any control over it at the moment, so I totally understand why people would choose to move away from the platforms.
[But] I don’t think you can make or force people to make a decision. You can talk about it, and they have the maturity to make their own decisions.
These guys have to live their lives and go their own way, even if it is [coming off] would be useful at times and you can see that from afar. It has to be their journey through life and they have the right to make those calls. ‘
Southgate says players are vulnerable after games and he is concerned about receiving vile messages such as those sent to Jude Bellingham after playing for Dortmund.
But he won’t try to convince social media players after Thierry Henry’s decision
Marcus Rashford has used his social media presence to force the government into two separate U-turns on free school meals and the likes of Kyle Walker and Harry Maguire were prominent in connecting with fans on Russia 2018 via Twitter.
But after the spate of abuse and racism in recent years, it is clearly an issue that is of greater concern to clubs.
‘It is definitely something our players have to take into account. It’s something for all the players, all the high-profile people who could get that negative attention, to think about. They are not just high-profile people. There will be young children who will be bullied online. That’s something everyone should think about – do you want to put yourself in that position and situation?
Marcus Rashford has used his social media presence forever by forcing the government into two separate U-turns on free school meals
English football star Marcus Rashford and his mother even visited a food charity after MPs rejected his plan to provide free school meals during the holidays.
‘I made a conscious decision to get off social media when I took the job under 21. I didn’t think this would be the right platform and didn’t want to read the kind of messages I knew would end up in my box.
Likewise, when I’m in camp, I try to turn off all media, which isn’t good for keeping up with what’s going on in the world. But the world is a happier place when I don’t see that negativity.
From a performance perspective, I don’t see much of a positive in much of that interaction, but there are also connections with fans and the public, which have been very important to the growth of our team. So it is also a very difficult balance. ‘