The FA, Premier League, EFL, FA Women’s Super League, FA Women’s Championship, PFA, LMA, PGMOL, Kick It Out and the FSA will unite for a social media boycott.
Taking place from 3pm on Friday 30th April to 11.59pm on Monday 3rd May, the boycott is in response to the ongoing and sustained discriminatory abuse received online by players and many others connected to football.
This has been scheduled to take place across a full fixture programme in 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.
The boycott 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.
Edleen John, the FA’s director of international relations, corporate affairs and co-partner for equality, diversity and inclusion, spoke on the matter.
“It’s simply unacceptable that people across English football and society more broadly continue to be subjected to discriminatory abuse online on a daily basis, with no real world consequences for perpetrators.
“This needs to change quickly, and we continue to urge social media companies to act now to address this.
“Social media companies need to be held accountable if they continue to fall short of their moral and social responsibilities to address this endemic problem.”