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Gill Backs Social Media Boycott

30 April 2021

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Barrow Chief Executive Levi Gill

Barrow Chief Executive Levi Gill has thrown his full support behind this weekend’s organised social media boycott as the world of sport unites in the battle against online abuse.

The Bluebirds will join the EFL, English football and wider sport in switching off our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts from 3pm on Friday through to 11.59pm on Monday.

It is hoped the action can send a clear message to the social media companies that those who send constant abuse to footballers or those involved in the game should be met with real world consequences.

“Barrow AFC absolutely supports the decision for a coordinated social media boycott this weekend,” explained Chief Executive, Levi Gill.

“The value of social media to sport, particularly in reaching out to fans for a community club such as ours, is something we don’t underestimate, but it’s time to start a dialogue on this issue and push for meaningful change.

“At our Club alone this season, we’ve had several instances of unacceptable, abusive or threatening behaviour directed not only at players but also staff. Where appropriate, these instances have resulted in Club bans or police action.

“This is a side of football that supporters are probably unaware of, but it is a growing issue in our modern society. It’s time that social media companies took the lead and took ownership of the content being published on their platforms.”

Click here now for more information on the #StopOnlineAbuse campaign and how you can help.


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