Premier League stars to boycott social media for 24 hours in protest at online racism with the likes of Sterling, Salah and Smalling backing campaign


Premier League stars to boycott social media for 24 hours in protest at online racism with the likes of Sterling, Salah and Smalling backing campaign

Leading Premier League players have backed plans for a 24-hour social media boycott in protest at an escalation of incidents of racial abuse online.

The campaign, which has been launched by the Professional Footballers’ Association, will urge players to stay off social media from 9am on Friday after posting the hashtag #Enough.

The likes of Raheem Sterling have been subject to racist abuse multiple times this season at home and abroad

The PFA say it is intended as a show of solidarity with players who have been targeted, as well as a demand to social media organisations and the game’s authorities that more needs to be done.

Simone Pound, Head of Equalities at the PFA, said: “Football has the power to do so much good in the world. We must always try to use the sport’s popularity and influence to make positive change.

“Over the last few months we have seen a rise in appalling instances of racist abuse at grounds around the world, and on social media. We cannot stand by while too little is done to address this unacceptable behaviour.

“The PFA has always been at the forefront of tackling racism and we are reaffirming our commitment to all of our members. We will do all we can to put an end to the abuse players face on the pitch and online.”