Executive Hibs chairman Ron Gordon says the Easter Road club ‘feel it necessary’ to participate in a social media blackout as they join Celtic in publicly backing the move.
Clubs across Scotland will join the Scottish Football Association, Scottish Professional Football League, Scottish Women’s Football and PFA Scotland for a boycott which will last from 3pm on Friday, April 30, until 11.59pm on Monday, May 3. Celtic were the first club to endorse the move and now Hibs have made their feelings known.
Backing statements from the likes of Celtic and Scottish Football Association, Gordon says something has to be done about social media abuse: “Hibernian Football Club has a zero-tolerance policy towards any form of discrimination. It has no place in football. We are committed to inclusion and to stamping out online abuse.
“We believe social media has a vital role to play in engaging with our fans and commercial partners. But we feel it necessary, due to the actions of a vile minority, to join in a social media boycott in order to send a united and powerful message that enough is enough.”
Meanwhile, Hibs star Chris Cadden has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a fractured back. The wing-back has impressed since arriving from MLS club Columbus Crew in January but will play no further part in this campaign. It won’t cause him long-term problems but he will be unavailable until next season to allow time for healing.
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