The Official Rangers Twitter account has taken the lead of the club’s captain by retweeting and endorsing a message to social media companies from Thierry Henry.
Arsenal, Barcelona and France legend Henry took to Twitter to announce he would be stepping back from social media until the companies themselves did more to combat racism.
Henry’s statement reads:
“Hi Guys, from tomorrow morning I will be removing myself from social media until the people in power are able to regulate their platforms with the same vigour and ferocity that they currently do when you infringe copyright.
“The sheer volume of racism, bullying and resulting mental torture to individuals is too toxic to ignore. There HAS to be some accountability.
“It is far too easy to create an account, use it to bully and harass without any consequence and still remain anonymous.
“Until this changes, I will be disabling my accounts across all social platforms. I’m hoping this happens soon.”
This was then quote tweeted by Rangers captain James Tavernier, the pride of Govan declaring “enough is enough” when it comes to social media abuse.
Tav would also tag Instagram and Twitter in the post as he sent a message to the social media companies who are effectively channels for the abuse to take place.
— James Tavernier (@James_Tavernier) March 26, 2021
Rangers – standing in solidarity with their captain and other black players such as Glen Kamara and Kemar Roofe who continue to be abused in the aftermath of last week’s Slavia Prague shame game – echoed this message from the skipper.
Well said Captain. Social media platforms must be held to account. https://t.co/ZZpJcPYHKB
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) March 26, 2021
The conversation surrounding racism online and in football has intensified over the last week to ten days after Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara was racially abused by Slavia defender Ondrej Kudela.
Striker Kemar Roofe has also been subjected to disgusting abuse online whilst Kamara was subject to a disgraceful Slavia banner and accusations of assault from the Czech club.
Rangers fans stand proudly with both players and the club’s supporters will be encouraged to see the Gers take such a defiant stance against this toxic culture.