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Professional footballers boycott social media for 24 hours in protest of racism

Danny Rose debuted in England in 2016 and has 26 caps

Professional footballers in England and Wales boycott social media on Friday for 24 hours to protest the way social networks and football authorities respond to racism.

This is followed by a series of high-profile incidents in domestic and international games this season.

Earlier this week, Ashley Young captain Ashley Young was racially abused on Twitter.

And Watford captain Troy Deeney said, "Enough is enough".

"On Friday, we send a message to anyone who abuses players – or anyone else – whether from the masses or the Internet, that we will not tolerate that in football," said Deeney, following an abuse earlier this month on his Instagram has disabled.

"The boycott is only a small step, but the players speak with one voice against racism."

The racist song was directed at several English players in Montenegro last month, including Danny Rose. In a qualifier for the Euro 2020 qualifiers in Montenegro, the Spurs defender later said he "could not wait to see the background of football."

"I do not want future players to go through what I've been through in my career," Rose said. "Overall, we're just not ready to stick to it, while football authorities and social media companies are doing too little to protect players from this nasty abuse."

The #Enough campaign, organized by the Professional Footballers' Association, will start on Friday at 09:00 BST and will last until 09:00 BST on Saturday. Players were asked to post a # Enough graphic on their social media platforms before the boycott.

Manchester Smalls defender Chris Smalling added: "It is time for Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to consider regulating their channels and taking the responsibility to protect users' mental health regardless of age, race, gender or income . "

The PFA said the boycott is the "first step in a longer campaign to combat racism in football".

"The boycott is a demonstration of player unity and an appeal to social networks and football authorities to be more responsive to racial abuse on and off the pitch," the PFA said in a statement.

Young was maltreated to Barcelona on Tuesday following the departure of the United Nations in the Champions League.

Twitter said it has "suspended three times more abusive accounts within 24 hours of receiving a report than it did last year".

"We will continue to work to prioritize the safety of our users," she added.

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 suffers from alleged racial abuse during the defeat of Manchester City at Chelsea. Sterling later says newspapers help "drive racism" by portraying young black footballers
  • March: Chelsea files lawsuit against Ufa for racist abuse against Callum Hudson-Odoi during the second leg of their Europa League victory 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: Derby winger Duane Holmes and Wigan defender Nathan Byrne are targeted for alleged racist abuse in the championship
  • April: The teammates of Deeney and Watford, Adrian Mariappa and Christian Kabasele, are racially abused
  • April: boy on Twitter


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