Tackling Social Media Abuse? Critically Assessing English Football’s Response to Online Racism

Price, John and Kilvington, Daniel (2017) Tackling Social Media Abuse? Critically Assessing English Football’s Response to Online Racism. Communication and Sport. ISSN 2167-4795

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Abstract

Although English football has, to some extent, managed the problem of racism in and
around football matches, recent years have seen an increase in football-related racist
content published on social media. Footballers are frequently the target or subject of
such abuse and occasionally the source of it. In this context, this article explores and
critically assesses the response of English football’s institutions, organisations, and
clubs to the problem of racism on social media. Its findings are based on interviews
with key officials from the Professional Footballers’ Association and Kick It Out and
with safeguarding and media officers from football clubs across the English Premier
League and English Football League. It concludes there are a number of systematic
failings undermining or hindering football’s attempts to address this issue including
poor coordination, a lack of clear guidelines, ad hoc educational provision, a
shortage of resources, and a culture of secrecy at many clubs. This article concludes
with some recommendations about how these weaknesses may start to be
improved.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Media > Journalism and Public Relations
Media > Media and Cultural Studies
Sciences > Sport Sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries
Depositing User: John Price
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2017 11:10
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 09:48
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/8470

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