Soccer chiefs need to use technology to detect and block online abuse aimed at players during the World Cup finals since Qatar.
Fifa, the world governing body for games, and FifPro, a global player union, released an independent report on Saturday to coincide with International Day against the United Nations hate speech. ..
As a result, they have teamed up to launch a dedicated in-tournament moderation service for men and women across football. This service scans for recognized malicious wording to prevent unpleasant messages from appearing to intended recipients and their followers.
Gianni Infantino, Chairman of FIFA, said:
“Unfortunately, the percentage of posts on social media channels directed to players, coaches, matchmakers, and the team itself tends to be unacceptable, and this form of discrimination, like any other form of discrimination, tends to be unacceptable. Not suitable for soccer.
“With the upcoming Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022 and Fifa World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023, Fifa and FifPro have created a stand and what is being monitored on social media is already being monitored at the stadium. We recognize that it is important to include it in.
“We want our actions to be spoken more eloquently than in our words, so we are taking concrete steps to address the issue directly.”
Report tracking more than 400,000 posts on social media platforms in Euro 2020 semifinals and finals using artificial intelligence – England trio Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka escape with penalty shootouts After that, I was abused. Finals – And at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations, it was revealed that more than half of the players involved were somehow discriminated against.
Much of the abuse comes from their home countries, 40% of whom are homosexual and 38% are racists, most of whom are still visible. The report also suggests that 90% of responsible account owners are identifiable and therefore their actions may be promoted to social media platforms and police.
David Aganzo, President of FifPro, said: “Online abuse is a social problem and the industry cannot accept that this new form of abuse and discrimination will affect many people, including players.”
Under this initiative, Fifa and FifPro will also provide educational support and mental health advice to players during major tournaments.