The FA, Premier League, EFL, FA Women’s Super League, FA Women’s Championship, PFA, LMA, PGMOL, Kick It Out, Women in Football and the FSA will all unite for a social media boycott. This will be effected from Friday, April 30 to 23.59 on Monday, May 3.
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”.
In the joint letter, the organisations said they have scheduled the boycott to take place across a full fixture programme. It will involve both 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”.
In response to the sustained discriminatory abuse received online by players and others connected to the game, English football will unite for a social media boycott from 15:00 BST on Fri 30 April to 23:59 BST on Mon 3 May
— Premier League (@premierleague) April 24, 2021
The letter added: “Finally, while football takes a stand, we urge the UK government to ensure its Online Safety Bill will bring in strong legislation to make social media companies more accountable. Especially for what happens on their platforms, as discussed at the DCMS Online Abuse round table earlier this week.”
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said that racist behaviour of any form is unacceptable.
“The Premier League and our clubs stand alongside football in staging this boycott. It is to highlight the urgent need for social media companies to do more in eliminating racial hatred.”
This boycott comes following continuous reports of racist and other forms of abuse aimed at footballers on social media.
Earlier this month, Swansea City football club announced a week-long boycott of social media. Thierry Henry also left the platforms due to online abuse.
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