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@swansOfficial leaves social media 14:47 - Apr 8 with 601 viewsKeithHaynes

For one week. To support the anti racism message after recent swans players were racially abused.



Club statement

Swansea City has chosen to take a club-wide stance in the battle against abuse and discrimination of all forms on social media.

From 5pm today (April 8) all first-team players, those in the academy professional phase (under-23s and under-18s), Swansea City Ladies, our Community Trust, senior club staff and official club channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, TikTok and Snapchat) will not post any content for a period of seven days.

This decision has been taken as a result of conversations between senior club staff, players and management.

As a football club, we have seen several of our players subjected to abhorrent abuse in the past seven weeks alone, and we feel it is right to take a stand against behaviour that is a blight on our sport, and society at large.

We will always be unwavering in our support of our players, staff, supporters and the community that we proudly represent, and we are united as a club on this issue.

We also want to stand with players from other clubs who have had to endure vile discrimination on social media platforms.

As a club we are also acutely aware of how social media can impact on the mental health of players and staff, and we hope our strong stance will highlight the wider effects of abuse.

Additionally, chief executive Julian Winter has sent a letter to Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, and Facebook’s founder, chairman and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg to reiterate the club’s stance and desire to see social media companies introduce more stringent policing and punishments for those guilty of the appalling and cowardly abuse that has sadly become far too common.

Something has to change soon and, as always, we welcome any support from fellow clubs, players, fans and executives as we all continue to work together in this important cause.

This club-wide stance will cover our matches against Millwall this Saturday (April 10) and our trip to Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday, April 13.

We would like to inform supporters that club news will continue to be posted via our official website during this period, before a return to social media activity at 5pm on Thursday, 15 April.

Swansea City would like to thank its sponsors and partners for their support on this matter, as well as the EFL.

“As a close and diverse group of players, this is something we all feel extremely passionate about,” said Swansea City captain Matt Grimes.

“Three of our squad have been racially abused in recent weeks and, as a squad and club, we wanted to take this stance as we again call on those at the forefront of social media companies to implement the change that is needed now and in the future.

“I find it staggering that we are still talking about racism and abuse of this kind. We are acutely aware of the pressures within football at this level, but it shouldn’t be underestimated as to how such levels of abuse can affect someone.

“Social media has provided so many positives over the last decade, however, the sickening and vile abuse that we are seeing on a daily and weekly basis is wholly unacceptable, and we hope that this stance across the club will be supported by everyone.

“We are a family, and we will always stand shoulder to shoulder with each other, whether that’s on the pitch or helping to fight injustice off it.”

Enough is enough.



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@swansOfficial leaves social media on 15:29 - Apr 8 with 558 viewsGwyn737

Brilliant. A sensible and proactive stance from the club.

Hopefully more will follow as it seems the only way to drive change.
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@swansOfficial leaves social media on 15:29 - Apr 8 with 558 views1983

Not that social media is my thing I'm not on FB or twItter or any of the like but taking themselves off this is just letting bullies & racists win surely?

Machynlleth the true capital of Wales

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@swansOfficial leaves social media on 15:33 - Apr 8 with 549 viewsDr_Parnassus

@swansOfficial leaves social media on 15:29 - Apr 8 by 1983

Not that social media is my thing I'm not on FB or twItter or any of the like but taking themselves off this is just letting bullies & racists win surely?


I never understand things like this.

Social media is full of attention seeking idiots that will say anything that may get a reaction. Doing things like this isn’t going to make these people stop that mindset, it won’t affect them in the slightest. It may affect the genuine fan who likes to follow the club though.

I understand in this day and age it’s fashionable to be seen as making a stand but unless the stand achieves something then I just don’t see the point personally.

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@swansOfficial leaves social media on 15:39 - Apr 8 with 542 viewsGwyn737

@swansOfficial leaves social media on 15:33 - Apr 8 by Dr_Parnassus

I never understand things like this.

Social media is full of attention seeking idiots that will say anything that may get a reaction. Doing things like this isn’t going to make these people stop that mindset, it won’t affect them in the slightest. It may affect the genuine fan who likes to follow the club though.

I understand in this day and age it’s fashionable to be seen as making a stand but unless the stand achieves something then I just don’t see the point personally.


The social media giants will only act if they’re hit in the pocket. If more clubs/individuals follow then it could instigate real change.
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@swansOfficial leaves social media on 15:55 - Apr 8 with 526 viewsDwightYorkeSuperstar

What a truly stupid thing to do. You're just giving those responsible more encouragement to carry on. If they see they can shut down a football club's entire social media for a week, why would they stop when the only thing they want is attention?

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@swansOfficial leaves social media on 16:15 - Apr 8 with 507 viewsChief

Surprised no one's accused the club of being manipulated or infiltrated by Marxists yet

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(No subject) (n/t) on 16:30 - Apr 8 with 491 views1983


Machynlleth the true capital of Wales

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@swansOfficial leaves social media on 16:44 - Apr 8 with 468 viewsGwyn737

@swansOfficial leaves social media on 16:15 - Apr 8 by Chief

Surprised no one's accused the club of being manipulated or infiltrated by Marxists yet


That’s step two these days.

Step one is to call the club woke/virtue signalling/social justice warriors .
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@swansOfficial leaves social media on 17:00 - Apr 8 with 444 viewsonehunglow

Is this going to stop racism .No

Is it going to deter those who get off on it. Yep.


It does look admirable though.


And that is often more important to some.


Players should be too busy honing their skills to be on social media all day anyway.

Too much time on hands syndrome.

You will never kick out racism as it is intangible .it s a feeling of hate ,a feeling of inadequacy ,relentless and fear.

We can confront it though and that means walking off the pitch to the monkey chants. There is regular racism in east European games and yet Serbia has never been banned ,as they should.

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@swansOfficial leaves social media on 17:00 - Apr 8 with 451 viewsLohengrin

@swansOfficial leaves social media on 16:44 - Apr 8 by Gwyn737

That’s step two these days.

Step one is to call the club woke/virtue signalling/social justice warriors .


I rather suspect race is the pretext here, Gwyn. I’m confident Cooper has seen at first hand the demoralising effect it’s having on the squad as a whole constantly reading how sh!t they are across the media platforms.

A good move seen from that angle, he should have called time weeks ago.

An idea isn't responsible for those who believe in it.

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@swansOfficial leaves social media on 17:10 - Apr 8 with 434 viewsGwyn737

@swansOfficial leaves social media on 17:00 - Apr 8 by Lohengrin

I rather suspect race is the pretext here, Gwyn. I’m confident Cooper has seen at first hand the demoralising effect it’s having on the squad as a whole constantly reading how sh!t they are across the media platforms.

A good move seen from that angle, he should have called time weeks ago.


The official statement talked about “online abuse and discrimination”.

Maybe I’m giving the club too much credit, but wording the sabbatical decision in that way works on a number of levels; it protects the players from general abuse whilst not pinning it to race which sadly is proving divisive.
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@swansOfficial leaves social media on 18:24 - Apr 8 with 375 viewsReslovenSwan1

@swansOfficial leaves social media on 17:00 - Apr 8 by onehunglow

Is this going to stop racism .No

Is it going to deter those who get off on it. Yep.


It does look admirable though.


And that is often more important to some.


Players should be too busy honing their skills to be on social media all day anyway.

Too much time on hands syndrome.

You will never kick out racism as it is intangible .it s a feeling of hate ,a feeling of inadequacy ,relentless and fear.

We can confront it though and that means walking off the pitch to the monkey chants. There is regular racism in east European games and yet Serbia has never been banned ,as they should.


We could also see Welsh player walk of the pitch at fifthy porno racism from far right English football fans. The Celtic Cymro race should not accept it. It is not funny.

I suspect Savage and Bellamy got absolute pelters from Englisgh fascists in their day. Serbia is not alone in having hateful idiots. I suspect you do not recongnise them on your doorstep.

"My little johny would never do anything like that Officer".

Wise sage since Toshack era

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@swansOfficial leaves social media on 18:37 - Apr 8 with 357 viewsJoe_bradshaw

It would be great if other clubs followed suit and Swansea City were seen to be leaders in the fight against racism towards footballers lon social media. It’s a start.


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@swansOfficial leaves social media on 18:38 - Apr 8 with 342 viewsonehunglow

@swansOfficial leaves social media on 18:24 - Apr 8 by ReslovenSwan1

We could also see Welsh player walk of the pitch at fifthy porno racism from far right English football fans. The Celtic Cymro race should not accept it. It is not funny.

I suspect Savage and Bellamy got absolute pelters from Englisgh fascists in their day. Serbia is not alone in having hateful idiots. I suspect you do not recongnise them on your doorstep.

"My little johny would never do anything like that Officer".


Your suspicions and your perceptions are well wide of the mark.

You seem up your own backside,Take a mirror and have a look for anything suspicious

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@swansOfficial leaves social media on 18:46 - Apr 8 with 331 viewsReslovenSwan1

@swansOfficial leaves social media on 18:38 - Apr 8 by onehunglow

Your suspicions and your perceptions are well wide of the mark.

You seem up your own backside,Take a mirror and have a look for anything suspicious


Stand shoulder to shoulder with me in the holy fight against race hate in all its forms. Sheep, monkeys, bananas, fast food takeways it all the same brother.

No one comforted me after being abused at Hereford. I was a little shocked at what I saw with threat of violence but did I did not need counselling.
[Post edited 8 Apr 18:53]

Wise sage since Toshack era

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@swansOfficial leaves social media on 18:49 - Apr 8 with 328 viewsDwightYorkeSuperstar

Nothing will change until those making such comments face servere consequences for their actions.

The police need to arrest, charge and ensure those responsible are served substantial fines. Have their faces in the local paper labelling them as racists which in turn will lose them their jobs and friends.

Seeing their actions on the news and seeing football clubs make these public statements isn't a deterrent, it's a reward, it's encouragement to carry on and see how far they can go. I can go on any of the club's social media channels now and find ten racists who have posted racist abuse under their own name. Make an example of these people.

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@swansOfficial leaves social media on 18:51 - Apr 8 with 317 viewsJoe_bradshaw


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@swansOfficial leaves social media on 18:54 - Apr 8 with 301 viewsjack247

Besides the much greater point I know, but maybe a week where the players stop fannying around on Instagram may do them a bit of good.
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@swansOfficial leaves social media on 14:36 - Apr 9 with 136 viewsonehunglow

@swansOfficial leaves social media on 18:24 - Apr 8 by ReslovenSwan1

We could also see Welsh player walk of the pitch at fifthy porno racism from far right English football fans. The Celtic Cymro race should not accept it. It is not funny.

I suspect Savage and Bellamy got absolute pelters from Englisgh fascists in their day. Serbia is not alone in having hateful idiots. I suspect you do not recongnise them on your doorstep.

"My little johny would never do anything like that Officer".


Why Johnny.
Why not Mary
That is gender offence

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@swansOfficial leaves social media on 17:24 - Apr 9 with 91 viewsReslovenSwan1

@swansOfficial leaves social media on 14:36 - Apr 9 by onehunglow

Why Johnny.
Why not Mary
That is gender offence


Fair point well made. I will take this on board in future posting of this nature.

Wise sage since Toshack era

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@swansOfficial leaves social media on 17:58 - Apr 9 with 75 viewsandrew

@swansOfficial leaves social media on 17:00 - Apr 8 by onehunglow

Is this going to stop racism .No

Is it going to deter those who get off on it. Yep.


It does look admirable though.


And that is often more important to some.


Players should be too busy honing their skills to be on social media all day anyway.

Too much time on hands syndrome.

You will never kick out racism as it is intangible .it s a feeling of hate ,a feeling of inadequacy ,relentless and fear.

We can confront it though and that means walking off the pitch to the monkey chants. There is regular racism in east European games and yet Serbia has never been banned ,as they should.


That’s right, racists are going to stop for a week then continue when they’re back.

Why can’t everyone do the only solution to racism and ignore it?

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