Written by Staff Writer
In his appearance at the All-Star Football Summit, Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku calls on the heads of the world’s major social media platforms to meet with footballers to discuss how football is portrayed on Facebook, Twitter and other platforms.
“We already have a problem with toxic material, it’s not that you hide it,” he told the summit, held at DHL in London. “We need to take away or delete content that has harmful elements.”
Lukaku added that neither the football players nor the platforms had agreed to a meeting, but expressed willingness to meet “to discuss things one on one.”
He also warned that footballers could look past their contracts to gain exposure on social media platforms without their sponsors’ knowledge.
He added: “I’ve been on social media since I was 16 and don’t regret it, but I’m going to protect the game I love and I know what has happened before and is going to happen again.”
Many of the other footballers at the summit also called for a meeting with social media bosses.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who was also at the summit, called for there to be “rules and regulations in place.”
Lukaku, 27, is a two-time Belgian League and Super League champion, has scored 121 goals in 140 appearances for Manchester United and has 52 goals for Belgium in 103 appearances.