Study: half of the players of the “European Cup” and “African Nations” were abused

They received it on “social media” … and most of them are from their citizens

Yesterday, Saturday, the International Football Association (FIFA) published a report on the increase in insults against footballers on social media during international competitions, and presented a plan to combat this.

The International Federation stated in a press statement that it will work with the Professional Players Association (FIFPro) five months before the start of the World Cup in Qatar (November 21 – December 18) to coordinate and implement a plan to to protect. , players, umpires and fans of the insults that spread across the country Social media during international competitions.

The new report, published in conjunction with the United Nations International Day to Combat Hate Speech, used artificial intelligence to track more than 400,000 posts on social media platforms during the semi-finals and finals of two international competitions (Europe Cup last summer, and the African Cup of Nations early this year), it appears that more of the 50 percent of players who have received some form of discriminatory abuse, many from their compatriots.

He added: “In response, (FIFA) and (FIFPro) will launch a special software service in tournaments for men and women related to moderation that scans hate speech on identified social media accounts and, once detected, hides it from the public eye. insulting players and their followers While the offensive comment remains visible to those who posted it and to his followers, its dissemination and visibility decreases significantly.

“It is our duty to protect football, and this starts with protecting players who bring us all so much joy and happiness from playing football,” said Swiss-Italian FIFA President Gianni Infantino. “Unfortunately, there is a growing trend of unacceptable comments.” This form of discrimination, like any other form of discrimination, has no place in football, directed at players, coaches, match officials and teams on social media channels.

“FIFA and FIFPro understand the importance of taking a stance and adding what is being monitored on social media to what is already being monitored in stadiums,” he said. We want to act and not just talk, so we are taking concrete measures to tackle the problem directly.”

He pointed out that “the aim of this effort is not only to protect football and avoid the harmful effects of these offensive comments, but also to educate future generations who participate in football events on social media and on the field,” he said. the expectation that “by confronting us with this problem together.” Social media platforms will do the same and strongly support us to be part of the solution.”

“This partnership reflects football’s responsibility to protect players and other affected groups from the abuse they increasingly face in and around their workplaces,” said FIFPro President David Aganso Mendes. mental health.”

He believes that “online abuse is a social problem, and we as a football industry cannot accept that this new form of abuse and discrimination affects so many people, including our players”, noting that “many players’ associations have done a very good job on this topic, in addition to our recent report launched together with other players associations, gives us many ideas to tackle this problem in the future.”

He noted that “doing research to develop such reports is very important, but it must lead to taking measures for prevention and treatment”, expressed his happiness, “because this collaboration with (FIFA) is a constructive step in this direction.” is.”

Through this partnership, FIFA and FIFPro will also develop educational support, including advice on best practices for managing accounts on social media platforms, and on the mental health of all players participating in FIFA competitions in 2022 and 2023. Please be moderate while playing. lead these competitions.