Wales Rugby League backing social media boycott

Wales Rugby League have shown solidarity with the Rugby Football League, Super League Europe, Rugby League World Cup 2021 and the Rugby League Players’ Association to add further sporting support to the boycott of social media this Bank Holiday Weekend.

The national governing body will not post on any 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 said: “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.”

Rugby League World Cup’s CEO Jon Dutton said: “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.”

Before 3pm this Friday, WRL encourages those in support to use the hashtags #socialmediaboycott #NoRoomForRacism #EnoughIsEnough #InLeagueTogether

Our regular hashtag is #InLeagueTogether and never has this become more relevant. We’re all in this together. There is no room for racism, hate or abuse of any kind on social media or indeed anywhere in life.