Leading football clubs and players are getting to be joined by sort of sporting bodies during a four-day boycott of social media platforms from Friday during a move to tackle abuse and discrimination.
The “show of solidarity against online abuse” hopes to encourage companies to need a stronger stance against racist and sexist abuse on their platforms.
Rugby union, cricket, and rugby league will join football within the boycott.
It will start at 15:00 BST on Friday, and end at 23:59 BST on Monday.
“This boycott signifies our collective anger,” said Sanjay Bhandari, the chairman of the anti-discrimination charity Kick it Out.
“By removing ourselves from the platforms, we are making a symbolic gesture to those with power. we’d like you to act. we’d like you to make a change.”
Among the organizations boycotting Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are:
Football: Clubs from the Premier League, English league, Women’s Super League, Scottish Football League, and Scottish women’s football; governing bodies including the Football Association, Scottish FA, Football Association of Wales and Irish Football Association; European administration Uefa; a variety of other football organizations.
Cricket: Britain and Wales Cricket Board, first-class counties, women’s regional teams, and therefore the Professional Cricketers’ Association.
Rugby union: England Rugby, Scottish Rugby, Welsh Rugby, Premiership Rugby, clubs and therefore the Rugby Players’ Association.
Rugby league: The rugby League, Super League Europe, Rugby League World Cup 2021, and therefore the Rugby League Players’ Association.
Corporate bodies: Premier League and Women’s Super League sponsor Barclays, England sponsor Nationwide, Adidas, broadcasters Sky Sports, BT Sport, and Talksport.
British Cycling, British Horseracing, Great Britain and England Hockey, and thus the tennis Association are also involved.
Why are they doing this?
Two years ago, a variety of footballers took part in the #Enough campaign – a 24-hour social media boycott in protest at online abuse.
But players across all sports still be subjected to racist abuse, with some clubs contacting police over the extent of aggression.
An investigation by the Professional Footballers’ Association, the players’ union, found 56 abusive posts on Twitter in November 2020.
The PFA reported them to the platform but 31 of them are still visible, which the organization described as “absolutely unacceptable”.
Three weeks ago, Swansea City was joined by Birmingham City and Rangers in turning off their social media accounts for each week to make a stand against abuse.