PFA calls for 24 hour social media boycott to protest racist abuse

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PFA call on Premier League stars — including Raheem Sterling and Danny Rose — to boycott social media for 24 hours from 9am tomorrow in ‘#Enough’ protest against racist abuse aimed at footballers

  • The PFA wants players to boycott social media for 24 hours to protest racism
  • A number of high profile racism cases have come to light over recent months
  • Most recently, Ashley Young faced vile comments after a loss to Barcelona 

Professional footballers in England are being encouraged by the PFA to boycott social media for 24 hours in protest against the racial abuse being suffered by some of their members.

The players’ union have moved to support stars like Danny Rose, Ashley Young and Raheem Sterling in a bid to combat the problem while calling on social media companies to take more responsibility.

A campaign created by staff at the PFA and entitled #Enough will begin with calls for the boycott from 9am tomorrow and will be the first of a number of initiatives. 

Raheem Sterling's defiant celebration has become iconic in the fight against racism in football

Raheem Sterling’s defiant celebration has become iconic in the fight against racism in football

A number of England players were racially abused by Montenegro fans during the match

A number of England players were racially abused by Montenegro fans during the match

Danny Rose was also the subject of racist abuse when he received a yellow card later on

Danny Rose was also the subject of racist abuse when he received a yellow card later on

The PFA have issued a press release this evening with players like Rose, Wes Morgan and Chris Smalling supporting the cause.

It was only this week, after Manchester United’s Champions League defeat to Barcelona, that Smalling’s Old Trafford team-mate, Young, was subjected to disgusting abuse. And while not all the players have added their signatures to the press release, the PFA believe Sterling will be among those who come off social media tomorrow.

Ashley Young became the latest footballer to be racially abused online on Tuesday night

Ashley Young became the latest footballer to be racially abused online on Tuesday night

One Twitter user called on Young to 'retire young you f***ing n*****', others called him an 'ape'

One Twitter user called on Young to ‘retire young you f***ing n*****’, others called him an ‘ape’

A statement from the PFA’s Manchester headquarters said: ‘Over the last few months, both domestically and internationally, there have been a number of high-profile racist incidents directed at players. The boycott acts as a show of unity by the players, and a call for stronger action to be taken by social networks and footballing authorities in response to racist abuse both on and off the pitch.’ 

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