"It's an absolute disgrace"; John Kennedy's passionate plea in Celtic press conference
Celtic interim manager John Kennedy has spoken out against the online abuse and hate received by footballers and club staff on social media.
The issue of racism and bigotry in Scottish football has come to the fore in recent weeks after Glen Kamara accused a Slavia Prague opponent of on-the-pitch abuse.
In the hours following that Europa League clash at Ibrox, the Rangers midfielder was subjected to some horrendous online abuse.
He’s not the only one either and it can come in many forms. Racism, sectarianism, homophobia and targeted personal abuse are all far too common on different social media platforms.
Kennedy spoke passionately about the subject in his press conference yesterday, urging platform holders to take it all more seriously than they do.
As views on Celtic’s YouTube channel, he said: “We’ve spoken about racism a lot recently, and rightly so. That’s a massive issue that has to be addressed. It’s important everyone pulls together to do that.
“Next in line to that, and it’s another form of hate, is the online stuff. All of it might not be racial, but it’s very personal. There’s a lot of stuff out there that a lot of our players have experienced, a lot of our staff have experienced. That can affect people’s mental health.
“They look at these guys and think they’re the stars and whatever else, but they’re human beings. We need to try and control it one way or another.
“It’s becoming more and more apparent, even the more we speak about racism, the more stories that come out about people being victims of it. It’s an absolute disgrace, absolute disgrace We need to clamp down on it, the racism and other hate stuff. We need to pull together in the same way.”
Well said John.
On 67 Hail Hail we’ve been strong supporters of Glen Kamara in the wake of his allegation. Plenty of Celtic supporters are the same. Some may find that odd, other outlets have taken a more extreme look at the situation.
However, when you believably see racism occur out in the open it’s important to acknowledge it. Lord knows we know enough of it goes on behind closed doors.
Celtic have acted superbly too. Kennedy spoke well yesterday and hopefully, we see some meaningful action on this before too long.