The service will protect more than 830 World Cup players from abuse on social media during the tournament in Qatar.
“FIFA is committed to providing the best possible conditions for players to perform to the best of their abilities,” FIFA President Gianni Infantino said in Wednesday’s statement.
“At the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar, we are pleased to launch a service that will help protect players from the harmful effects that posting on social media can have on their mental health and well-being.”
David Aganzo, president of the world representative organization of professional footballers (FIFPRO), said it is football’s responsibility to protect players.
“This type of abuse has a profound impact on their personalities, their families, their performance, as well as their general well-being and mental health,” he said.
“We hope that the social media protection service provides a starting point to help defend participants from abusive messages,” he said.
He also urged social media companies to come together and support soccer’s governing body in tackling the issue at the FIFA World Cup.”
FIFA will monitor the social media accounts of all World Cup participants, look for abusive, discriminatory and threatening comments and then report them to social media and legal authorities.
Teams, players and other individual participants will also be able to opt into a moderation service that will instantly hide abusive and offensive comments on social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. (dpa/)
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