Ashley Young exclusive: Inter Milan star on social media boycott, winning Serie A and Man Utd protests

Ashley Young exclusive: Inter Milan star on social media boycott, winning Serie A and Man Utd protests

Ashley Young hopes football’s four-day social media boycott will force businesses to “wake up” and deal with the problem of online abuse properly.

Sky Sports joined the wider sports community by taking part in the boycott and did not post any sports content on its channels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat and TikTok from 3 p.m. on Friday April 30 to 11.59 p.m. on Monday May 3 . .

The reaction to the boycott continued to flow. Kick It Out chief executive Tony Burnett outlined four key steps he hopes social media companies take to prevent further abuse, while former Premier League footballer Anton Ferdinand has revealed he was ready for an upcoming meeting with the tech giants.


Hear managers and players unite to support football’s social media boycott to protest online abuse and discrimination

Facebook, owner of Instagram, and Twitter have consistently said there is no room for discrimination on their services and are committed to continuing to work with the relevant authorities to tackle hate online.

In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports NewsInter Milan’s Young also called on football’s governing bodies to “take more control”.

“I hope and think a lot of people are hoping that we can eradicate the trolls,” said the former England international. “Racist abuse on social media is disgusting. Nobody wants it. No one wants to see it.

“I hope the boycott gets the social media companies to wake up and do something about it because it has been going on for too long.

“Players are still victims of racist abuse and nothing really happens, whether it’s the FA talking to social media companies, to UEFA, to FIFA – to the big football associations. I think they need to take more control of the situation and do something about it.

“I hope the boycott will help and inspire social media companies to stand up and take these trolls away and stop for good. “


Kick It Out chief executive Tony Burnett says social media boycott is just the start and still wants companies to take these four steps to prevent further abuse

The FA, Premier League, EFL, FA Women’s Super League, FA Women’s Championship, PFA, LMA, PGMOL, Kick It Out and the FSA have united in the boycott from Friday to Monday.

The Scottish FA, Scottish Professional Football League, Scottish Women’s Football and PFA Scotland have also confirmed the participation of football clubs and organizations in Scotland.

UEFA expressed support on Thursday and FIFA said it supported “the English football initiative to denounce discriminatory and other abuses on social media”.

When asked if he had been racially abused online, Young added, “I have not been racially abused on social media, but by talking to friends who have had it. experienced, it’s sickening, it’s horrible.

“On social media, people say bad things to me all the time. Like I said, I think social media companies need to start rooting it out, do something about it, wake up and see that it’s not right, that it shouldn’t be and it must be resolved.

“We talk about it every day, after every game. It’s disgusting, it’s disgusting to hear and it’s disgusting to see. We don’t want to see it and we just want social media companies to start doing something about it. ”


Speaking on Monday Night Football, Thierry Henry discusses his thoughts on the social media boycott, his take on online abuse and why accounts need to be more easily identified.

“Going to Serie A the right decision”

On the pitch, Young has considered being crowned Serie A champions with Inter Milan, after Antonio Conte’s side recently ended Juventus’ nine-year domination and clinched their first top-flight title. in 11 years.

The 35-year-old moved to Inter from Manchester United in January 2020 and is the first Englishman to win both the Premier League and Serie A.

Ashley Young, Inter Milan
Young has made 23 Serie A appearances for Inter Milan this season

“It sounds amazing to be honest,” Young said upon hearing this fact for the first time. “It’s obviously nice to win the Premier League and then to go into a new league and win that too is just amazing, an amazing feeling.

“It’s never easy to leave a club in January, but I look back now and think I made the right decision. I always wanted to go out and win. I have this ambition, this motivation and this desire to win.

“Obviously the first season we got to the Europa League final which we unfortunately lost. We also lost the league by one point and I think that might have inspired us this season to go out and get ourselves a trophy and win Serie A.

“Go over there and make that decision, I think it was the best one I made. “

“Man Utd fans want their voices to be heard”

The past weekend was an important one for Young’s former side, Manchester United, as fans protested against the club’s owners, the Glazer family.

A number of supporters forced their way into Old Trafford ahead of the 4:30 p.m. kick-off against Liverpool on Sunday, while others gathered outside United’s hotel, ultimately delaying the game.

The protests, which turned into incidents of damage and violence, were a protest by United fans unhappy with 16 years of Glazers ownership and took place two weeks after the club were announced as a founding member of the Super League European Union, now collapsed.

Manchester United fans protest outside Old Trafford ahead of Liverpool game, which has been postponed for security reasons

Young opens up about recent protests by Manchester United fans against club owners, the Glazer family

“There’s been a lot of talk about what’s going on because of the Super League, but I know the United fans and that’s not just what it is,” said Young, who has made 261 appearances for the club. from 2011 to 2020.

“It’s been years and years with the owners, and the fans want to get their point across. Obviously, you don’t want to see a demonstration turn violent, you just want to see a demonstration where [the owners] are aware and understand the fans’ anger at things that have happened in the past.

“It’s not fair to see the violence, but the protests are something the fans wanted to do and they wanted to have their voices heard.

“I don’t think I’m going to talk too much about it, but maybe for the owners they will see what the fans are saying, they will see this anger and they will see how upset they are.

“United fans have been asking for change for a long time, so maybe we’ll see changes, maybe we won’t. I think there are a lot of things in football that need to be worked out and this is one of them. “


Jamie Carragher reflects on events at Old Trafford on Sunday as Manchester United fans protest against the Glazer family

Young: Super League non partant

United and Young’s current club Inter were two of the 12 founding clubs of the proposed Super League when it was announced two weeks ago.

The news sparked a furious backlash and plans fell apart just 48 hours later when the six English clubs involved – including United – all decided not to participate in the talks. Inter have joined AC Milan and Atletico Madrid to withdraw from the competition the next day.

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A timeline of how the Super League fell apart as all six Premier League clubs withdrew from the competition in a chaotic 48 hours

“We didn’t want it as players and that’s it – clear and simple,” Young said. “For me, he was a non-runner.

“For us as players, it was just about focusing on the upcoming games. We had to keep winning games, we had a league to win.

“No matter what was going on with the owners, whoever it was, we let them do it, we just focused on what was going on on the pitch. “

Watch more of this exclusive interview with Ashley Young on In football, Sky Sports News, from 6.30 p.m. on Thursday.

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