Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry quit social media over racism. And he has expressed his stance on the issue of abuse on social media.
“It didn’t start yesterday or the day before yesterday,” Henry said to The Sun. “It has been going on forever. In football, racism came from the stands. There are many stories. I have them, everybody has them.”
However, he continued: “But I say, we say, I say, we say, we say, we say. ‘What was that?’ ‘How do you feel?’ ’Did you sleep well that night?’ ‘What thoughts did you wake up with?’
“I say we talk, I say we talk – I’m done talking. I’m done talking. They ask me, and I say, ‘Turn on the video from five years ago.’”
“There is freedom of speech. But in an airport, a cinema, a police station, you can’t shout anything. My point: there has to be accountability.”
Thierry Henry quit social media over racism, and he’s not the first in football to do so.
Henry said: “Wilfried Zaha was insulted and then it turned out the guy was 12 years old. Where did you get the account from? How can we not know who owns the account? Oh, come on, you’ve got ways! Passport number, insurance number, health insurance.
“There must be some accountability. It can’t be, “Sorry, it’s up to the user, we didn’t know. We will delete his account.”
As an afterthought, he added: “Sometimes people use nicknames to expose something going on in their country or elsewhere and don’t want to get caught. That’s great. But if nicknames are misused, we need a way to find out who owns the account so there are consequences.”