Sheffield Wednesday in talks over social media blackout – Premier League could get involved

Sheffield Wednesday are currently in talks alongside the rest of the English Football League over a social media blackout that could potentially take place next week.

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 12:00 pm

There has been plenty said about the potential of radio silence from clubs in English football after Swansea City’s decision to blackout recently, and it’s thought that clubs across the country could join forces in attempt to let their feelings be known.

Clubs are considering action in response to the horrendous racial abuse that continues to take place across social media, with several players being targeted via the likes of Twitter and Instagram.

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The Star understands that Wednesday, like with several others, are in talks with the league to get involved with the blackout, and that the general consensus is that it would have more impact if all of the clubs got involved – with talk of the Premier League also potentially joining the EFL.

At this stage it’s thought that the Owls would be on board should the blackout go ahead next week as suggested, and Wednesday boss, Darren Moore, has said previously that they’d back the decision to step away if it was taken.

He told the media, "The players have got their personal social platforms where they can engage with fans on a positive level with the community.

"Unfortunately, some of these social network feeds are being damaged and tarnished really. If that's going to be used that way then we want to try and promote more positivity than negativity.

Sheffield Wednesday are in talks over a social media blackout. (Tim Goode/PA Wire)

"If I felt that was the same here and that players needed to be protected from that, I'm sure we'd follow the same kind of way."

Wednesday are currently active on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, as well as YouTube and TikTok, and it’s thought that any blackout would entail going silent on all of their platforms in the joined effort to enact change in the social media landscape.

A boycott from all teams across the English football pyramid would certainly send a strong message to those with the power to help cut out hatred – whether racial, homophobic or otherwise – and Wednesdayites would no doubt be on board with the decision from an Owls perspective.

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