Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has announced that he and his family have been targeted on social media this season. He has also called on social media organizations to take action to counter the rising danger of online violence.
Arteta announced Arsenal had to deal with an incident during his press conference on Friday.
He did not give any further details but added: “I’d rather not (talk about it) but in this business, I guess we’re all exposed to that. That’s why I would prefer not to read [social media] because the moment someone tries to contact my family would affect me personally even more. The club was aware of this because it happened and we tried to do something about it. It’s that. With it, we have to work. We know it won’t end tomorrow, nor can we do something about it in the medium or long term? What I’m pushing for is that. We are still fortunate enough that the club is very supportive of us. When such things arise, we do what we have to do.
My only goal is that it won’t happen tomorrow, but we can do something about it in the medium to long term to protect the people involved in the game, and maybe it will happen in the same way in other industries.”
Since Manchester United’s Axel Tuanzebe and Lauren James, Chelsea’s Reece James, as well as Premier League referee Mike Dean, have all received online threats in recent weeks, social media platforms have come under concerted scrutiny.
With Antonio Rudiger, the same thing happened.
After threatening his family, Referee Dean called the police and asked him not to take care of a Premier League match this weekend.
The Premier League, EFL, and FA called on social media sites on Thursday to track users after a spate of violence targeting footballers.
In a joint letter sent to the owners of Twitter and Facebook, both owned by Instagram, the governing bodies of English football have demanded a big change.
The letter was also signed by the PFA, LMA, PGMOL, and Knock It Out, the women’s professional game.
Pressure from FIFPro and the government has also been felt.