Micah Richards hopes social media boycott will draw attention to ‘soul-destroying abuse’

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Micah Richards hopes English football’s social media boycott will draw attention to the ‘soul-destroying abuse’, while Gary Neville questions what governing bodies have done to tackle racism and calls for educational programs to be set up

  • Micah Richards hopes the social media boycott will shed light on the issue
  • Clubs and players within the English game participate in a four-day silence
  • Gary Neville wondered what the football authorities have been doing in recent years
  • Former Manchester United player called for more education

Micah Richards believes the current social media boycott of many in English football will prove to be a good start in the fight to tackle online abuse.

Clubs, players and sports organizations participate until Monday evening as a show of solidarity against the online abuse being experienced by so many in the public eye.

When asked why the boycott was positive, Richards hoped it would only turn out right to shed some light on the matter.

Micah Richards hopes the boycott of football on social media will shed light on the level of abuse

Micah Richards hopes the boycott of football on social media will shed light on the level of abuse

Marcus Rashford is among those taking part in the four-day silence, calling for more action

Marcus Rashford is among those taking part in the four-day silence, calling for more action

Marcus Rashford is among those taking part in the four-day silence, calling for more action

“Just because it can make a difference does it take a stand,” Richards told SkySports.

‘I wouldn’t be against someone who wouldn’t do it. But I had a good friend of mine who started punditry at the same time, Karen Carney, and she said some comments online during the broadcasts and the abuse she got after that was soul-destroying knowing how hard she actually works.

‘Being a woman in a man’s game, knowing so much about it, and if someone doesn’t like you, that’s fine, but taking advantage of someone and taking it personally is so wrong. I don’t understand, do people get a kick out of this?

And then there’s the racism, it’s getting too much now and these social media platforms need to do more.

Richards highlighted the abuse Karen Carney endured online earlier this season

Richards highlighted the abuse Karen Carney endured online earlier this season

Richards highlighted the abuse Karen Carney endured online earlier this season

Is this the answer three or four days? Probably not, but it’s a start somewhere. Putting light on it is a good thing and a good start in my opinion.

‘Education is central, but a lot of people talk about education and that’s fine. But you also have to want to learn. ‘

Many have urged social media companies to do more when it comes to monitoring accounts responsible for abuse, such as implementing more effective verification methods to prevent the anonymous nature of many attacks.

Gary Neville agreed that those companies should do more, but the former Manchester United man believes authorities within the sport should also look into what else they can do.

“I’m not sure what’s really going to change this weekend due to the social media boycott, but the good thing about it is that the whole game seems to have come together,” Neville said.

Gary Neville called on the sports authorities to do more and establish education programs

Gary Neville called on the sports authorities to do more and establish education programs

Gary Neville called on the sports authorities to do more and establish education programs

‘I’m a little frustrated that we’re still talking about the beginning of something. Where is the training and where are the consequences?

The game’s governing bodies gathered this weekend to boycott social media. But what have they done? What have they done to deter people from racism in English football?

‘I was here a few years ago with Patrice Evra going through his situation with Luis Suarez and I didn’t handle the game particularly well then, and I don’t think the game has progressed that much since then.

‘We emphasize it more, campaign more, collaborate more, so I’m positive about that, but where is the deterrent to the English football authorities about racism and where is the education that should be there for every footballer, broadcaster, employee in a soccer club?

Set up educational programs, put some of the money put into the game into funding education, and introduce the consequences, meaning there is a deterrent to make it look like the game is being treated seriously.

‘Except of course outwardly focused on social media, which must also be viewed, but the game has a job to do on the inside.’

Neville suggested that little progress has been made since the Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra incident

Neville suggested that little progress has been made since the Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra incident

Neville suggested that little progress has been made since the Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra incident

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