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Players have asked to send evidence of racial online abuse to PFA

A number of players boycotted social media for 24 hours to protest racial abuse

Players were asked to send evidence of online racist abuse to the professional football association to show the management bodies the seriousness of the problem.

At a meeting in May, the players' association will show the positions to the Minister of Sport and a number of football associations.

Meetings with Twitter and Facebook have also been requested after a series of recent incidents.

Players were previously encouraged to boycott social media for 24 hours.

A statement issued by the PFA on Thursday stated that members are being asked to send the abuse they received to an established e-mail address.

Messages will be presented to leading footballers at the Wembley Stadium meeting, including the Football Association, the anti-discrimination organization Kick It Out, and the Sports Minister Mims Davies.

It follows the # Enough campaign, where players were asked to post a graphic with the word "enough" on their social media platforms before being boycotted for 24 hours.

Tottenham and England midfield player Dele Alli, Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford, and Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were present.

Simone Pound, director of equality, said it was important to pursue the boycott of "empowered action".

Incidents of racist abuse in 2018-19

  • December: Banana fur was thrown onto the pitch during the derby in north London at the Emirates Stadium after Pierre-Emerick met Aubameyang for Arsenal
  • December: Raheem Sterling is said to be racially motivated during Manchester City's defeat at Chelsea. Sterling later says newspapers help "drive racism" by portraying young black footballers
  • March: Chelsea complains to Uefa of racist maltreatment against Callum Hudson-Odoi during the last 16-second victory of the Europa League at Dynamo Kiev
  • March: England reports racist abuse of players in 5-1 victory against Montenegro in Podgorica
  • April: Juventus's 19-year-old Italian striker Moise Kean faces racist abuse at the stands during a match in Cagliari – with team-mate Leonardo Bonucci pointing out that Kean has been described by Raheem Sterling as ridiculous
  • April: The championship reports two cases of alleged racist abuse against derby winger Duane Holmes and Wigan defender Nathan Byrne
  • April: The teammates of Troy Deeney and Watford, Adrian Mariappa and Christian Kabasele, are racially abused
  • April: Ashley Young is racially abused following the defeat of Manchester United's Champions League in Barcelona


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