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Cowley: Boycott Can Provide A Reality Check

Boss discusses stand against online abuse and Wimbledon game

30 April 2021

Danny Cowley
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Danny Cowley has thrown his support behind this weekend’s boycott of social media among the football – and wider sporting – community.

Clubs will be staying off Twitter, Facebook and Instagram from 3pm today (April 30) until 11.59pm on Monday.

It is a demonstration of collective anger at some of the horrific online abuse seen daily on those platforms.

And Cowley believes that we all have a collective obligation to try to stamp out any kind of discrimination.

The Blues boss said: “I think it’s a really important thing to do and maybe it can provide a reality check for everyone.

“There’s an important place for social media in terms of gathering information and connecting the world.

“But we all have to remember that we have a responsibility to treat people as you would want to be treated yourself.

“As a teacher you would tell the children to think before they speak and the same thing needs to happen before you post or tweet a message.

"We all have to remember that we have a responsibility to treat people as you would want to be treated yourself."

Danny Cowley

“I’m really pleased that football is making a stand and it needs to happen. The world would be a better place if we were all kinder.”

Pompey have two fixtures remaining this season as they look to cling on to a League One play-off spot.

Cowley said: “We have two games to go and, at the moment, all the focus is on facing AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

“The important thing is to beat a very good side who are in form and have done brilliantly under their new manager to ensure their safety.

“I’ve got a soft spot for them after spending a few years with the club when I was growing up and the journey they’ve been on is brilliant after having their identity stolen away.

“But we have to be ultra-focused and incredibly determined because it’s clear just what we need to do.”

Cowley is hoping to have a few more players available for these final two games against the Dons and Accrington.

He said: “Lee Brown is fit, healthy and ready to go, while Jordy Hiwula is back training again and that’s a huge plus because we’re short on attacking options.

“Jack Whatmough is only one game away from his suspension being over and he’s been a huge loss, so things are looking a bit brighter.”


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