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Football boycotts social media to protest racism on platforms

Madrid Desk, Apr 30 (EFE).- Soccer clubs in the United Kingdom on Friday began a four-day boycott of social media to highlight racial and discriminatory abuse on the online platforms.

Leading players, athletes from other sports including Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton, and several sporting bodies, including Uefa, have joined the initiative to boycott Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Several high profile players have been victims of racial abuse from users in recent months, and clubs are demanding more action be taken by social media companies to tackle the issue.

“There is no room for racism. Anywhere,” the Premier League said in a statement. “Not online, not in the stands, not at home and not on the streets.

“We all must come together as fans, as players and as clubs to combat discrimination wherever it exists in society.”

The boycott began on the same day that Manchester United and Chelsea both announced bans for supporters for sending abusive messages online.

United suspended six fans for “abhorrent” abuse of Tottenham Hotspur player Son Heung Min last month, while Chelsea banned a fan for 10 years for sending anti-Semitic online messages to a journalist. EFE

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