Social media boycott for 24 hours in racism protest

Professional footballers in England and Wales are to boycott social media for 24 hours , to protest against the way social networks and football authorities respond to racism.

Following a number of high-profile incidents both in domestic and international matches this season.

Earlier this week, Manchester United captain Ashley Young was racially abused on Twitter during the Champions League match against Barcelona.

Watford captain Troy Deeney said “enough is enough”.

“The boycott is just one small step, but the players are speaking out with one voice against racism.”

Racist chanting were directed at several England players including Danny Rose during a Euro 2020 qualifier in Montenegro last month.

“I don’t want any future players to go through what I’ve been through in my career,” said Rose.

The #Enough campaign, was organized by the Professional Footballers’ Association, where each Players has been encouraged to post a #Enough graphic on their social media platforms before the boycott.

“The time has come for Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to consider regulating their channels, taking responsibility for protecting the mental health of users regardless of age, race, sex or income.”

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling

“The boycott acts as a show of unity by the players, and a call for stronger action to be taken by social networks and footballing authorities in response to racist abuse both on and off the pitch,” the PFA said in a statement.

“We are suspending three times more abusive accounts within 24 hours after receiving a report than this time last year as we continue to prioritize the safety of our users.” Twitter said.

Racist abuse in the 2018–19 season

  • Banana skin thrown during the north London derby at Emirates Stadium, after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored for Arsenal
  • Raheem Sterling suffered alleged racial abused during Manchester City’s defeat at Chelsea adding the fact that newspapers are helping to “fuel racism” by the ways in which they portray young black footballers
  • Chelsea filed a complaint with Uefa over racist abuse aimed at Callum Hudson-Odoi during the second leg of their Europa League win at Dynamo Kiev
  • England report racist abuse of players during their 5–1 win over Montenegro.
  • Moise Kean suffers racist abuse from the stands during a match at Cagliari where Leonardo Bonucci’s suggested that Kean was partly to blame.
  • Derby winger Duane Holmes and Wigan defender Nathan Byrne targeted by the alleged racist abuse in the Championship
  • Deeney and Watford team-mates Adrian Mariappa and Christian Kabasele receive racist abuse on social media,
  • Ashley Young targeted on Twitter