AFC Bournemouth have created a social media abuse policy to deal with online hate directed at its players, staff and supporters.
Last weekend the Cherries took part in a social media boycott, joining forces with every other team and their players across the Premier League, EFL, Women’s Super League, Women’s Championship and beyond, as well as football’s governing bodies, national broadcasters, media outlets, sponsors and partners.
The boycott was in response to the continuing online abuse received by players and many others connected to football, sending a message to social media platforms that more needs to be done to eradicate online hate.
And with the club committed to ensuring that AFC Bournemouth continues to promote diversity, equality and inclusion, and is a welcoming environment for everyone, a specialist social media abuse policy has been introduced.
The policy provides a mechanism for the club to record and report incidences of online hate, ensuring the correct action is taken against the perpetrators, be that by social media platforms or the police.
As part of the policy, the club has introduced an email address for supporters to report any online abuse they witness or are subjected to.
Fans can confidentially email [email protected] with evidence of online hate, which is monitored and used in conjunction with the social media abuse policy.
This email address sits alongside the club’s existing matchday reporting number, which is specifically for in-stadium matchday incidents.
When fans are permitted to attend Vitality Stadium, any incidents of discriminatory, abusive or unacceptable behaviour can be confidentially texted to 07968 980580.
To view AFC Bournemouth’s social media abuse policy, please click here.