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Clubs unite for social media blackout to fight online abuse

Maidenhead United and Slough Town have joined forces with clubs at all levels across the country to boycott their social media duties in response to the ongoing and sustained discriminatory online abuse received by players and many others connected with football.

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 blackout between 3pm on Friday, April 30 until midnight on Monday, May 3.

It has been scheduled to take place across a full fixture programme in the men’s and women’s professional game with clubs set to switch off their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. They hope the move will emphasise to social media companies that more must be done to eradicate online hate while educating people against posting discriminatory messages.

In isolation it’s unlikely to end the scourge of online abuse directed at many within the game but it does demonstrate the game is willing to take proactive steps to take this social media access away from supporters if the problem isn’t curtailed.

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