Former Arsenal football Icon Thierry Henry has set Saturday, 27th of March as a date he will quit social media. Henry took on Twitter to express his disappointment with increased social bullying to blame as he vowed to only make a social media comeback if only “people in power are able to regulate their platforms”.
In a lengthy statement, Thierry Henry explained his reasons for leaving social media is attributed to racism. He felt fed up by the increasing acts of racism on social media. He wants online social abuse to be dealt with in the same vigor and ferocity that copyright infringements are dealt with.
This comes at a time when social abuse relating to racism has been on the rise over the past few weeks. Several football players have been particularly on target, mostly concerning their skin colours after play game errors or poor performances.
Manchester United’s Fred was the last victim after he received racial abuse after his error led to gifting Leicester City’s first goal in FA match that saw United knocked out of the competition.
Other high-profile names that have been victims of racism include Marcus Rashford, Alex Tuanzebe Anthony Martial, and Jude Bellingham. Rangers FC player Glen Kamara was allegedly abused in their Europa League encounter against Slavia Prague, with hooliganism taking the center stage after anonymous fans unveiled a disgusting banner aimed at Glen Kamara
Thierry Henry has vowed that he will stay off social media until more concrete action is taken by the people in power.