Sheffield Wednesday's Liam Palmer teams up with Marcus Rashford and Jordan Henderson for important cause

Sheffield Wednesday’s Liam Palmer has lined up alongside some big-name players as they look to campaign against online abuse.

By Joe Crann
Monday, 24th May 2021, 4:59 pm
Liam Palmer has teamed up with Marcus Rashford, Rio Ferdinand and more for Hope United. (via BT Sport)
Liam Palmer has teamed up with Marcus Rashford, Rio Ferdinand and more for Hope United. (via BT Sport)

Palmer, who will have been devastated to miss out on Scotland’s Euro 2020 squad earlier this month, joined the likes of Marcus Rashford, Jordan Henderson, Rio Ferdinand, Lucy Bronze, Gareth Bale, Trent Alexander-Arnold and more in BT’s ‘Hope United’, who say they are looking ‘to pinch a familiar football phrase and become the latest squad of Invincibles: this is one game we can’t afford to lose’.

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The Wednesday defender is currently gearing up for a tough season in League One as the Owls look to climb right back out of League One, and has spoken in the past of the impact that social media can have on footballers in their day-to-day lives.

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Now, as part of Hope United, the Scotland international will be aiming to do his bit to try and curb the increasing abuse across social media platforms that currently plagues the game.

Speaking of the campaign, England and Liverpool’s Henderson said, “Some believe that social media abuse is an inescapable part of life for footballers. Hope United wants to show that this doesn’t have to be the case…

“It is great to see footballers from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland join together with BT in a bid to give people the digital skills they need to understand how they can be part of the solution against online hate, particularly at a time when interest in football will be at its peak.”

Meanwhile, Marc Allera, the chief executive of BT’s consumer division, explained, “Our mission is to connect for good and Hope United will galvanise the nation to make a stand against social media hate… We’re providing people with the necessary tools not only to understand the devastating effects of online hate, but also to show them how to be part of the solution.”

“That is why this summer, and as lead partner of the Home Nations, we are asking the country to make Hope United its second team. If everyone stands together, unified through both words and action, hope can emerge victorious over hate.”

Whether it’s racism, sexism, homophobia or threats of violence, there’s no room for online hate in our society or our game.

BT’s Hope United will rally the UK to tackle online abuse as part BT’s commitment to digitally upskill the nation. To find out more about how you can play your part, watch BT's Tech Tips at Together we can beat online hate.

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