England Women manager Sarina Wiegman revealed that the team is working on plans to protect their players from social media abuse during the Euros. FIFA recently published a report that revealed more than half of the players in the Euro 2020 and AFCON were abused during the game. In most of the cases, the players were abused by their own country.
“We had conversations with the players, we’ve had that [abuse] before. The players had that experience with the club teams, unfortunately,” England Women boss Sarina Wiegman said. “We want to make the best plans to stay away from the abuse and not getting it into your system and also I think things are needed in the [social media] organizations to stay away from the abuse and make sure it doesn’t reach the players. I always think we are talking about things about behavior but players make their own choices, we aren’t going to force them into one thing or another. We are just trying to know what can happen, know what the consequences are of the choices we make. If you don’t want to be involved in it and are sure, then it should be ok to get off social media.”
“We had discussions about abuse and social media a few months ago – how it can be an amazing place but also a tough place,” Rachel Daly said. “We shared some good insights of peoples’ experiences. It’s something we spoke about but it’s their personal choice about whether you want to take part in it or not.”