Clubs in the Premier League, English Football League, Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship will shut down their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts to emphasize the need for the platforms to do more against the online misconduct. In recent months, many players – including Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford – have been treated racially.

“We will not stop attracting the attention of social media companies and want to see significant improvements in their policies and processes to tackle online misconduct, such as racism, through their platforms,” ​​said a joint statement.

In February, English football bosses already asked social media via an open letter to take action after a wave of racist incidents on social media. The letter was signed by, among others, the CEO of both the English Football Association and the Premier League. “We’ve had many meetings with your executives over the years, but the reality is that your platforms are still a haven from abuse. Your inaction has given the anonymous perpetrators the impression that they are untouchable, ”the letter said.

The boycott will last from Friday afternoon, April 30, 3:00 PM UK time, until Monday evening, May 3, 11:59 PM. Manchester United – Liverpool is on the program next Sunday.

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