The rise in the number of racist abuses against English players is concerning. Players like Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford, Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and recently Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara have been the victim of unnecessary hate and abuse.
England football have been very clear on their stance against racist abuse on social media. Owing to the severe rise in such cases, the governing bodies reached out to Facebook and Twitter regarding the same.
However, both the social media platforms failed to provide stricter enforcement of anti-discriminatory regulations. As a result, the English football has decided to boycott the social media for three days, from April 30th to May 3rd.
The top governing bodies of English football released a joint statement to confirm the development.
“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 unite for a social media boycott from 15:00 BST on Friday 30 April to 23:59 BST on Monday 3 May, in response to the ongoing and sustained discriminatory abuse received online by players and many others connected to football,” said a statement released by the Premier League.
“This has been scheduled to take place across a full-fixture programme in the men’s and women’s professional game and will feature clubs across the Premier League, EFL, WSL and Women’s Championship switching off their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
“As a collective, the game recognizes the considerable reach and value of social media to our sport. The connectivity and access to supporters who are at the heart of football remain vital.”
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