Rugby League backing sport’s social media boycott
The Rugby Football League, Super League Europe, Rugby League World Cup 2021 and the Rugby League Players’ Association today add further sporting support to the boycott of social media this Bank Holiday Weekend.
The sport’s governing body and its leading clubs and players will withdraw from key platforms from 3pm on Friday until 1159pm on Monday, to show solidarity with other sports, and amplify the message that nobody should have to suffer abuse, racism or harassment on social media.
Dr Rimla Akhtar MBE, the Chair of the RFL Inclusion and Advisory Board: “Rugby League is committed to fighting racism and discrimination through its Tackle It action plan and supporting the many people involved in making change happen. As Non-Executive Director of the RFL and Chair of the RFL’s Inclusion Board, I am proud to see Rugby League joining the sporting world in sending out a very clear message that online hate and abuse will not be tolerated. I encourage all of the Rugby League community to join us for this weekend’s social media boycott, and to support our continuing efforts to fight this evil.”
Louise Foster-Wilson, GMB Equality and Inclusion Officer – on behalf of Rugby League Players’ Association “Social media can play a huge part in spreading awareness of this game we love but players and officials must feel able to use these social media platforms without facing abuse and discrimination. GMB supports all those in Rugby League and the wider sporting world in general who are joining the social media boycott this weekend. Lets work together to end discrimination once and for all #TackleIt”
Ken Davy, Executive Chairman of Super League: “Super League and its clubs take a zero-tolerance approach to all forms of racism and are united in our cause to end discrimination in Rugby League. Social media can be a place for Rugby League fans to enjoy the best the sport has to offer, but too often players, coaches, match officials and fans face online abuse. We are proud to join with the sporting world this weekend to send a message that more needs to be done to eradicate this.”
RLWC2021 CEO, Jon Dutton: “Rugby League World Cup 2021 stands together with the Rugby League community and other sporting governing bodies to underline the message there is no place for abuse, discrimination, hate or racism in sport.”
HOW CAN YOU STAY IN TOUCH WITH THE ACTION THIS WEEKEND?
Leeds Rhinos and our players are fully behind the decision by Rugby Football League, Super League Europe, Rugby League World Cup 2021 and the Rugby League Players’ Association for a boycott of social media this Bank Holiday Weekend. However, we also appreciate, especially with fans not able to attend games that fans will want to follow the action with both our mens and womens teams playing this Sunday. Here is how you can keep up to date on the games.
HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS V LEEDS RHINOS – BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE, SUNDAY 2ND MAY, KICK OFF 3PM
The game will be streamed live for season and flexi members to watch via Our League. You can find out more details by clicking here.
BBC Radio Leeds will have match commentary and we will be posting regular updates here at therhinos.co.uk during the game.
We will post a full match report, reaction and highlights here at therhinos.co.uk after the game.
FEATHERSTONE ROVERS V LEEDS RHINOS – BETFRED WOMENS SUPER LEAGUE, SUNDAY 2ND MAY, KICK OFF NOON
The Rhinos Women return to action on Sunday and you can watch the game live and for free via the RFL’s official Twitch channel. You can find out more details by clicking here plus we will have a full match report here after the game.