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Rainbow Laces: Man Utd’s LGBTQ + Fan Group Rainbow Devils Demands Apology After Instagram Account Was Deleted | Football news

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Manchester United’s officially recognized LGBTQ + fan group has asked Instagram to apologize after their account was suspended on the day of Rainbow Laces activation.

The Rainbow Devils account was removed after a post advertising a newly installed rainbow banner at Old Trafford received a large number of abusive responses.

The group accused Instagram owners Meta of “siding with … the haters,” but Meta later reinstated the account and told them Sky Sports News it had been removed by mistake.

Rainbow Devils then issued a second statement asking for a public apology and a more proactive approach from the tech giants to dealing with abusive posts.

The statement read: “Following our initial statement regarding the Instagram deactivation of the Rainbow Devils account, Manchester United’s officially recognized LGBTQ + fan group, we are very pleased to see that our account has been reinstated.

“The fact is, however, that it should never have been eliminated in the first place.

“We are very grateful for the support from Manchester United and the media allies who helped make Instagram aware of it, but we should not have needed this help and we are concerned for those in our community who face discrimination on a daily basis and not They can call on influential allies for support.

“We call on Instagram to publicly apologize, resolve not to allow this to happen to any minority group again, and to proactively remove all homophobic responses to our posts.”

Sky Sports News has contacted the owners of Instagram, Meta, for a response to the second statement.

The opening statement read: “Hours after Manchester United FC unveiled the new banner at Old Trafford supporting their officially recognized LGBTQ + fan group Rainbow Devils, Instagram responded by suspending the Rainbow Devils account.

“Earlier today, Manchester United FC announced that they had installed a permanent banner on the ground in support of the Rainbow Laces campaign, a story that was shared on both the club’s social media accounts and those of the Rainbow Devils.

“While there have been many messages of support, there have also been thousands of homophobic responses, including posts threatening to report us. These reports were evidently successful as the Rainbow Devils account was disabled by Instagram.

“Fan groups like Rainbow Devils exist to support the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans soccer community and our allies to help create a welcoming and inclusive in-game environment and a safe haven from enemies who would discriminate against us.

“Today, Instagram sided with those haters and decided to take us off their platform. Rainbow Devils asks Instagram to reset the account immediately and to apologize for the damage it has caused to LGBTQ + soccer fans and to make sure that this will not happen again. “

nach Sky Sports News The owners of Instagram, Meta, were contacted for comment, a spokesperson for the organization said: “We deleted the account by mistake and restored it immediately as soon as we learned of the error.”

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Premier League and EFL clubs to support Rainbow Laces this weekend

A new look for Rainbow Laces as a call to action in all sport

‘Lace Up, Speak Up’ is the message of this year’s Rainbow Laces annual activation, with a renewed call for people involved in the sport to increase visibility by wearing multi-colored shoelaces, show support and contribute to conversations to enable Gay, trans, Bisexual and lesbian people are more comfortable in sports settings.

Visible demonstrations of support for the campaign will take place this weekend, with the Premier League and EFL among the competitions heavily involved in the initiative, and there will be coverage throughout. Sky sports.

Research conducted last year by ICM to Stonewall, the equality charity that coordinates Rainbow Laces, showed that one in five sports fans still think anti-LGBTQ + language is harmless if it is only meant as a ‘joke’.

However, the campaign continues to make a significant difference. The same 2020 poll showed that two-thirds of sports fans who watched Rainbow Laces consider they have a responsibility to defend LGBTQ + fans of the teams and sports they follow, an increase from the previous statistic.

12 million people get involved with the initiative each year, whether by wearing laces, through social media or by organizing events. As well as a range of different lacing designs.There are also badges with the new logo, headbands and captain’s armbands.

Sky Sports is a member of Team pride what supports Stonewall Rainbow Laces Campaign, back for its annual activation from November 25 to December 12. Your story of being LGBTQ + or an ally could help make sport everyone’s game – please contact us here to discuss further.

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