Celtic defender Shane Duffy and winger Mikey Johnston have joined the social media boycott.
Multiple footballers, including the squads of Swansea [WalesOnline] and Rangers [Glasgow Times], have promised a seven day shutdown of their personal social media. This doesn’t mean the clubs aren’t using their Twitter and Facebook pages. However, the players and staff of both clubs have offered to maintain a boycott.
The evils of racism and discrimination have reached a critical point in football. While haranguing players is commonplace on the stands, it’s reached an awful new level on social media. The internet giants Facebook and Twitter have been roundly criticised for a lack of action on these issues.
Now, Shane Duffy and Mikey Johnston are joining in. Duffy has been the victim of horrendous online abuse. After sectarian and racist comments were made his way, Instagram decided there was no case against the person abusing Duffy. It’s no surprise he’s joining in, here.
Johnston probably receives his fair share, too. Both Duffy and Johnston are signed to sports agency CAA Base [Glasgow Times].
CAA Base has chosen to follow the lead of clubs and take a stance in the battle against abuse and discrimination on social media.
— CAA Base (@CAABase) April 9, 2021
Celtic ought to consider options as Shane Duffy and Mikey Johnston join social media boycott
It’s certainly an interesting approach.
Clearly, even powerful football agencies are seeing the impacts of social media vitriol. If their clients are unhappy with what they’re receiving online or in the post, then it’s a good call by CAA Base to join the boycott.
It’ll have no doubt given Celtic pause for thought. Goodness knows, Celtic players have received their fair share of racial abuse and other forms of discrimination.
If we are a Club Open to All, then the hierarchy at Paradise ought to consider making their own stand. Whether that’d be a similar boycott, or a different kind of campaign, the club should be assessing its options.
The next generation of Celtic fans, those who grew up in the social media landscape, need to see a club that stands up for what’s right.