Professional footballers to boycott social media for 24 hours today

first_imgPROFESSIONAL footballers in England and Wales are to boycott social media for 24 hours today, to protest against the way social networks and football authorities respond to racism.It follows a number of high-profile incidents in domestic and international matches this season.Earlier this week, Manchester United captain Ashley Young was racially abused on Twitter. And Watford captain Troy Deeney said “enough is enough”.“On Friday we are sending a message to anyone that abuses players – or anyone else – whether from the crowd or online, that we won’t tolerate it within football,” said Deeney, who disabled comments on his Instagram after abuse earlier this month.“The boycott is just one small step, but the players are speaking out with one voice against racism.”HOW IS FOOTBALL TACKLING RACISM ON SOCIAL MEDIA?Racist chanting was directed at several England players including Danny Rose during a Euro 2020 qualifier in Montenegro last month – the Spurs defender later said he “can’t wait to see the back of football”.“I don’t want any future players to go through what I’ve been through in my career,” said Rose. “Collectively, we are simply not willing to stand by while too little is done by football authorities and social media companies to protect players from this disgusting abuse.”The #Enough campaign, organised by the Professional Footballers’ Association, starts at 09:00hrs BST today and runs until 09:00hrs BST tomorrow. Players have been encouraged to post a #Enough graphic on their social media platforms before the boycott.Manchester United defender Chris Smalling added: “The time has come for Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to consider regulating their channels, taking responsibility for protecting the mental health of users regardless of age, race, sex or income.”The PFA said the boycott was the “first step in a longer campaign to tackle racism in football”.“The boycott acts as a show of unity by the players, and a call for stronger action to be taken by social networks and footballing authorities in response to racist abuse both on and off the pitch,” the PFA said in a statement.Young was abused after United’s Champions League exit to Barcelona on Tuesday. Accounts identified in this case as violating Twitter’s abusive behaviour policy have been prevented from posting again until the offending tweets have been removed.INCIDENTS OF RACIST ABUSE IN 2018-19December: Banana skin thrown on to the pitch during the north London derby at Emirates Stadium, after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored for ArsenalDecember: Raheem Sterling suffers alleged racial abuse during Manchester City’s defeat at Chelsea. Sterling later says newspapers are helping to “fuel racism” by the ways in which they portray young black footballersMarch: Chelsea lodge a complaint with UEFA over racist abuse aimed at Callum Hudson-Odoi during the second leg of their Europa League win at Dynamo KievMarch: England report racist abuse of players during their 5-1 win over Montenegro in PodgoricaApril: Juventus’ 19-year-old Italian forward Moise Kean suffers racist abuse from the stands during a match at Cagliari – with team-mate Leonardo Bonucci’s suggestion that Kean was partly to blame called laughable by Raheem SterlingApril: Derby winger Duane Holmes and Wigan defender Nathan Byrne are targeted by the alleged racist abuse in the ChampionshipApril: Deeney and Watford team-mates Adrian Mariappa and Christian Kabasele receive racist abuse on social mediaApril: Young targeted on Twitter. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

Catena gains racing vision with GG.co.uk acquisition

first_img Catena forecasts ‘record results’ ahead of August interims July 20, 2020 Submit Related Articles Henrik Persson Ekdahl – Catena MediaStockholm-listed industry affiliate marketing network Catena Media has moved to expand its services and inventory for horseracing acquiring UK legacy racing portal – GG.co.uk.Updating the market, Catena undertakes its latest affiliate acquisition for a total cash payment of £2 million, acquiring all GG.co.uk racing related assets outright.One of the most trusted racing/betting communities, GG.co.uk offers racing punters daily tips, race cards and information. Furthermore, the website offers exclusive insider content from a number of expert racing punters.GG.co.uk and its related assets will be added to Catena’s growing UK market inventory, which now includes the websites of BettingPro.com, BETFREEBETS.UK, CasinoUK.com, NewCasinos.com and football portal Squawka.“Catena Media has a strong strategy for growth and an outspoken ambition to break into new online services. It is our firm belief that this small yet strategic and very well-known site enjoys vast opportunities for growth. Catena Media will be the partner that delivers on these opportunities,” detailed Henrik Persson Ekdahl, CEO of Catena Media on the acquisition.Catena continues its aggressive acquisition growth strategy in 2018, in which the company has moved to expand its industry network within the US, UK, French and German markets. Raketech names Karlsten as new COO May 27, 2020 Catena lauds ‘record’ Q2 as casino drives performance August 19, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

Registration opens for 2019 Greenway Cycling competition

first_imgRegistration for the 2019 edition of Greenway National Cycling Competition has been launched in Accra.The competition, which is being organised by Greenway International Foundation, an environmental protection organisation working for a carbon-free environment and oceans free of single-use plastics. This historic event which will take place on January 15 through to July 21, 2019, is open to the public from who are between 19 – 45 years.About 5,000 participants are expected to take part in the five-laps competition in the various regions and cover a distance of about 300 kilometres.Executive Director of the Foundation, Michael Olusegun Olusanya who performed the official launch on Monday, said the Greenway National Cycling Competition is in active partnership with the Greater Accra Cycling Association chaired Kofi Boakye-Yiadom.Mr. Olusanya said the ultimate aim is to create awareness among people to mitigate the effect of climate change and progressively, to reduce greenhouse gases in all 10 regions of Ghana. He urged those who wish to participate in the event to log on their website to register. Winners in the race stand to take exciting prizes worth over ¢100,000 to the potential winners and other amazing prizes.He said the registration continues till December 31, 2018.PrizesThe overall winner will take home a cash prize of ¢15,000, two pure gold medals, a brand new bicycle, National Cycling for Climate Honor and extras. The runner-up will receive ¢10,000, one pure gold medal, a brand new bicycle, National Cycling for Climate Honor and extras.Third Prize winner will get ¢7,000, one pure gold medal, a brand new bicycle, National Cycling for Climate Honor and extras.Fourth to 10th winners will take home silver medals, trophies, a brand new bicycle, National Cycling for Climate Honor and extras.last_img read more