The Glasgow Rangers players and support staff embarked on a week-long social media boycott on Thursday night. The Scottish soccer champions want to use it to protest against racist insults that several professionals are exposed to. Club boss Stewart Robertson accused the platforms of inaction in a message. In discussions with many clubs across the UK, it became clear that everyone was losing patience.
The Rangers announced talks with Facebook and Instagram in the hope that they will prosecute users directly for their statements in the future. The Welsh second division club Swansea City, who play in England, had previously announced a similar move, which was joined by league rivals Birmingham City. Swansea contacted Twitter boss Jack Dorsey and his Facebook counterpart Mark Zuckerberg directly.