England appoint two senior squad members as ‘social media captains’ on how to deal with potential abuse they may receive during Women’s Euros, as Rachel Daly insists younger stars ‘can lean on us for support’
- England appoint two ‘social media captains’ on how to deal with potential abuse
- The Lionesses want to give support to younger players playing at the Euros
- There will be nine tournament debutants in the Lionesses squad next month
- Rachel Daly, 30, says senior players want to help young stars manage platforms
England have appointed two experienced players as ‘social media captains’ to speak to younger members of the squad about how to deal with potential abuse during the Women’s Euros.
A joint study by FIFA and FIFPRO found that over half of the players who took part in Euro 2020 and the Africa Cup of Nations were abused online. Homophobic slurs were the most common type of insult, followed by racism.
There are nine tournament debutants in the Lionesses squad and Rachel Daly, 30, said the more experienced players are taking an active role in helping the younger stars manage their platforms.
‘We had discussions about it a few camps ago ahead of the Euros knowing what we know about abuse and things on social media, how it can be an amazing place but also quite a tough place.
‘We have social media captains in the team and I think that’s something that’s really helpful to get insights, for the younger players especially with it being their first tournament.
England appoint two ‘social media captains’ in a bid to help younger players in the squad deal with potential abuse during the Women’s Euros next month
Rachel Daly, 30, says England’s more experienced players are taking an active role in helping the younger stars deal with abuse
‘I think it’s something they can lean on us for support, more of the older players around the abuse they may have received. We shared some of our insights and some people’s experiences.’
England boss Sarina Wiegman said she will leave it up to her players to decide whether they want to use social media during the tournament but acknowledged they have made plans to try and keep negativity away from the squad.
‘We have had conversations with the players. We’ve had that [abuse] before. The players have some experience of that at the club teams too unfortunately.
‘We’re just trying to make the best plan to stay away from the abuse and not getting it into your system.
Sarina Wiegman says it’s up to the players whether they want to use social media during Euros
‘I think there’s some things set in place from organisations to stay away from the abuse to just make sure that it doesn’t reach the players so hopefully that works.
‘We talk about things and we talk about behaviour but players make their own choices so we’re not going to force them to do one thing or the other.
‘We’re just trying to make everyone aware of what can happen and what the consequences are of the choices you make.
‘If you really don’t want to get involved in it and you want to be sure then it should be okay to get off social media.’