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Archery to support football’s social media boycott

April 30th 2021
Emma Kasprzak

Archery GB will stand with the football community by taking part in a social media boycott this weekend to share the message that no one should face abuse, racism or harassment online because they play or work in professional sport.

The boycott will run from 15:00 BST on Friday 30 April to 23:59 BST on Monday 3 May.

During this time, we will not post or respond to messages on social media to show our solidarity with anyone who has faced discrimination online.

Neil Armitage, CEO of Archery GB, said: “Sport is at its heart a community of people united by our love and passion of our shared activity whether that be watching football or participating in an archery competition.

“We do not tolerate any abuse on our social media channels so it’s important that we take a stand and highlight the unacceptable hate some athletes face.

“Our new strategy aims to increase diversity and this includes making sure nobody’s experience of sport is tarnished by abuse.”

Mark Briegal, Chair of Archery GB, said: “We know social media is a great platform for increasing engagement and building a sense of community online around sport.

“By taking this stance we are calling on social media companies to do more when abuse occurs to protect individuals and keep online communities free from racism and other forms of abuse.”

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