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Breaking News: English Football Announces Total Social Media Boycott In Response To Online Abuse

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From 3pm on Friday 30 April to 11.59pm on Monday 3 May, clubs will switch off their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

By NewsSky

English football will boycott social media next weekend in response to the discrimination and abuse aimed at players, pundits and other members of the footballing community.

Authorities including the Football Association, Premier League, English Football League, FA Women’s Super League, FA Women’s Championship, PFA (Professional Footballers’ Association), and Kick It Out announced the move in a joint statement.

They say it 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”.

It comes following continuous reports of racist and other forms of abuse levelled on social media.
Earlier this month, Swansea City football club announced a week-long boycott of social media, and Thierry Henry also left the platforms due to comments posted there.

Marcus Rashford, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Raheem Sterling and Tyrone Mings are some of those on the long list of players who have been targeted with racist abuse online.

In the joint letter, the organisations said that the boycott has been scheduled to take place “across a full fixture programme in the men’s and women’s professional game and will see clubs across the Premier League, EFL, WSL and Women’s Championship switch off their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts”.

Robert Tapfumaneyi

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