By Marylene Iapichino
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“It seems that the mental health of athletes is in tune with the times… We understand better why! »Comments the tennis player from Nice Alizé Cornet. On Instagram and Twitter on April 3, 2021, the professional revealed examples of messages received via social networks after a match.
“Take advantage of your check and get fucked”, “if you don’t retire from tennis we are going to rape you”, “you’ve been making fun of France for years”, very violent messages, sometimes threatening and sexist.
I played it at the @jdoreofficiel tonight … and still I have a good fifty left in stock!
It seems that the mental health of athletes is in tune with the times… We understand better why!
Long live sports bettors 🤑 pic.twitter.com/7QTdAZcz6h
— Alize Cornet (@alizecornet) August 3, 2021
A phenomenon that she attributes in particular to sports bettors. Indeed, during her last match, the Nice bowed to Return Sherif, an Egyptian yet much lower ranked (119th worldwide). A defeat which must have made the punters lose money who thought the French ranked 59th guaranteed to win.
But this time Alizé Cornet decided not to let it go and replied, then posted the messages on his Instagram and Twitter accounts. Internet users have been many to show their support. Among them the television host Christophe Beaugrand and again the journalist from Bein Sports Vanessa Le Moigne.
Oh yeah anyway 😳 impressive! Good… and good solidarity dear Alizé ❤️
– Christophe Beaugrand-Gerin (@Tof_Beaugrand) August 4, 2021
Courage Alizé 😔🙏
Always easier hidden behind a computer. All these words are punishable by law. For the example files a complaint. I did it!
– vanessa Le Moigne (@Vanessalemoigne) August 4, 2021
Some players have downright decided to delete social networks like Andy Murray who announced to have deleted Instagram and Twitter from his phone last March.
Fight against cyberbullying
On its website, the Ministry of Sport indicates that cyberstalking is assimilated to an aggravated form of moral harassment and is punished by law with article 222-33-2-2-4 of the penal code. “In the event of aggravating circumstances, it is ‘an offense which can then be punished by three years’ imprisonment and a fine of 45,000 euros. “
The French tennis federation has created a listening cell and signed a partnership agreement with the company Net Ecoute responsible for providing psychological support to players or even legal if necessary.
“Many players, many of you are subjected to attacks from disappointed punters and cyber-stalkers on a daily basis”, thus indicates the federation on its website. The toll-free number dedicated to victimized players is 0 800 200 000.
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