Rugby League’s governing body, the RFL, supports action taken by the governing bodies of Association Football in demanding stronger action from social media companies over the online abuse of sportspeople.
The RFL also welcomes the Government’s pledge to change the law, making those companies more accountable for what happens on their platforms.
In the statement, they also recognise that “its own players, match officials and others involved in the game have themselves been targets for abuse and discrimination. This is unacceptable.”
To combat this, rugby league has developed a far-reaching action plan, TACKLE IT Rugby League versus Discrimination, which sets out how the game will extend its reach and appeal, diversify its talent pool, improve its culture and actively deal with all forms of discrimination.
TACKLE IT is a sport-wide commitment by the RFL, Super League, Championship and League 1, Rugby League Cares and RLWC2021.
If Rugby League supporters, volunteers and staff see any replies to posts on Rugby League channels which include an expression of hate on the basis of race, colour, gender, nationality, ethnicity, disability, religion, sexuality, sex, age or class to firstname.lastname@example.org with as much information as possible.