Channel 4 has commissioned a new documentary led by former footballer and pundit Jermaine Jenas on social media, racism and football.
The hour-long film Football Trolls (w/t) will explore the growing calls for social media companies to address online trolling after Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling were targeted with nearly 2000 discriminatory tweets in the 24 hours following the Euro 2020 final.
For the last six months, Jermaine Jenas has been tackling the issue head on by interviewing Premier League footballers who have been subjected to online abuse, sharing his own personal experiences and confronting the trolls who hide behind their screens.
Jermaine Jenas said, “This film is incredibly important to me and something I’ve been working on for a while. there has been an ongoing conversation surrounding racism and football for as long as I can remember, and the reactions to the Euros has been heart-breaking.
"I've felt sick to my stomach reading the comments and chants and promise to make it my mission to help create positive change... Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and all the other social platforms out there, we have to hold these trolls accountable, we have to do better.”
Louisa Compton, Head of News and Current Affairs and Sport for Channel 4, added: “In this timely, bold and much needed film, Jermaine Jenas will tackle the issue head on by confronting the people hiding behind their Twitter profiles and trying to get answers from the tech giants themselves. This hard-hitting investigation is another example of Channel 4 examining the big issues that affect the UK.”