English Football Clubs To Boycott Social Media Over Racism

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Badges of some English clubs

Football’s governing bodies in England will stage a social media boycott next weekend “in response to the ongoing and sustained discriminatory abuse received online”.

The FA, Premier League, EFL, FA Women’s Super League, FA Women’s Championship, PFA, LMA, PGMOL, Kick It Out and the FSA will unite for the boycott from 3pm on Friday April 30 until 11.59pm on Monday May 3.

The action will see clubs from the Premier League, EFL, WSL and Women’s Championship switch off their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

A joint statement on behalf of all of the organisations said: “As a collective, the game recognises the considerable reach and value of social media to our sport. The connectivity and access to supporters who are at the heart of football remains vital.

“However, the boycott shows English football coming together to emphasise that social media companies must do more to eradicate online hate, while highlighting the importance of educating people in the ongoing fight against discrimination.

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