Arsenal CEO Vinai Venkatesham Says “nothing is off the table” and fears racist abuse on social media will become “normalised”. He has warned that online hate towards players is more widespread than previously known.
While the club has decided not to boycott any of his social media platforms, they launched a #StopOnlineAbuse campaign aimed at ‘changing attitudes and making a difference every day.’
Venkatesham while speaking with Sky Sports said, "There is a really dark side to social media, and we cannot accept that. I don’t see that getting any better, I see it getting worse and we have to find a way to solve it. I’m not saying this is straightforward to fix. What I want to do, with others, is do everything we can to eliminate that dark side so we can continue to enjoy social media channels for all the positive things that they bring.”
The action plan includes a taskforce to give emotional and practical support for players and using their fanbase and community work to help eradicate abuse.
This is coming after Henry, the club’s record goalscorer, removed himself from social media, having said the problem is “too toxic to ignore.”