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English Football Announces Social Media Boycott

Governing bodies across the men and women’s game are uniting to take a stance against those who continue to tarnish the game.

A social media boycott has been announced across English football, with the FA, Premier League, EFL, FA Women’s Super League, FA Women’s Championship, PFA, LMA, PGMOL, Kick It Out and FSA uniting to put a blackout in place between April 30 and May 3.

Action is being taken in a bid to “eradicate online hate while highlighting the importance of educating people in the ongoing fight against discrimination”, with the UK government also being urged to push through “strong legislation” in its Online Safety Bill.

The 2020-21 campaign has delivered more instances of sportspeople being targeted by online trolls, with the general consensus of those running the game being that social media companies are not doing enough to put “real-life consequences” in place for “purveyors of abuse across all platforms”.

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