ITV journalist Beth Fisher blasts Leeds over social media boycott
ITV Wales journalist Beth Fisher has blasted Leeds United over their decision to join in with the social media boycott this weekend.
Premier League clubs won’t post anything on their official social media channels over the coming days in a bid to try and change how the likes of Twitter and Facebook deal with online abuse.
Leeds confirmed in a tweet that from 3pm on Friday, they wouldn’t be post anything on their Twitter account until Tuesday.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) April 30, 2021
ITV’s Fisher then responded to that tweet to point out Leeds hypocrisy after the abuse that pundit Karen Carney received earlier this season.
“Says the team who individually targeted a pundit who was just doing her job,” she said.
Says the team who individually targeted a pundit who was just doing her job… https://t.co/QYWuKL0Zsc
— Beth Fisher (@BethFisherSport) April 30, 2021
Leeds have had some issues with abuse in the last couple of seasons.
Last term, Kiko Casilla was found to have racially abused Jonathan Leko on the pitch. He was banned for eight games and there was no apology from Leeds, just a statement saying they stand by the Spanish goalkeeper.
How can the club sit there and join in with a campaign to stop online abuse when they fail to condemn Casilla’s behaviour?
This season, we’ve also seen horrific sexist abuse aimed at Carney for her comments about Leeds winning promotion due to COVID.
What she said wasn’t exactly wrong as the COVID-enforced break last season allowed Bielsa’s players to work around the infamous burnout period.
Leeds’ official Twitter account hit back at Carney and did so knowing that she was bound to be hit with a tirade of sexist abuse.
We’re proud to be Leeds supporters but sometimes, we feel as though the club can let us down by not being strong enough on this abuse when it actually happens.
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