SPFL to take MASSIVE move in major nod to Rangers

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The SPFL are set to follow Rangers’ pioneering move to boycott social media by introducing the same legislation for all member clubs and players.

The remarkable position will see all players for all clubs in Scotland’s professional game boycotting social media in a significant protest against abuse, discrimination and racism online.

Rangers already carried out a full week of complete radio silence on the players’ channels, following Glen Kamara, James Tavernier, Connor Goldson and Kemar Roofe illustrating publicly the punishment they get online purely for having black skin, and the move was welcomed and encouraged by all decent fans.

Now the governance of the league game is to follow Rangers’ example and advocate a special boycott of social media for ALL clubs and players and not just Rangers’.

Racism and abuse online is a scourge we all have to deal with – Ibrox Noise gets plenty of it daily as well, and we have to completely endorse this move, given we know some of what these players experience.

It’s not before time that the SPFL did this, and while ultimately it will have little effect on the social media giants, it’s symbolically powerful and may certainly have an impact on the audience.