The entire English professional football will not use social media next weekend. With this, the clubs want to make a statement against online racism and other insults.
The boycott of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram starts on Friday and lasts until Monday, Clubs, players, trainers and referees will not post anything on social media.
Clubs from all four professional levels compete, as do the Super League, the Women’s Championship and the FA.
‘Companies should do more against online hatred’
“This boycott shows that English football is joining forces to emphasize that social media companies must do more to eradicate online hatred,” the clubs said in a joint statement. “At the same time, we would like to emphasize the importance of education about the fight against discrimination.”
Earlier this month, the clubs Swansea City, Birmingham City and the Scottish Rangers FC banned their social media for a week, after players of those clubs had been treated racially.
In February, English football wrote another letter to the major social media companies calling for them to block accounts guilty of racism and insults. According to the Premier League, this has been insufficiently followed by Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.