The English Football and Cricket Club, among other sports and institutions, boycotted Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for four days. Premier League club Aston Villa says football has sent a “strong and cohesive message” about the four-day boycott of online abuse on social media.
After the boycott ended on Monday, at 23.59 BST, Manchester United said it would continue to challenge discrimination. “Our commitment to combat online abuse will always continue,” stated the club.
Fellow Premier League club Aston Villa posted on Twitter: “We have sent a strong and united message. We sincerely hope that the message will be heard, understood and positive changes will be made.”
Including Lewis Hamilton other Formula One drivers and other sports such as rugby union, cricket, rugby league, and netball joined the protest. All those who took part boycotted Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram from Friday, April 30, 15:00 BST till Monday for four days.
Players and athletes continue to be a victim of racist abuse in all sports, with some clubs contacting police about the level of aggression.
Leicester also posted a video on Twitter with their male and female players seeking to end online discrimination and abuse.
The Premier League released a statement ahead of the four-day silence, stating that it would not shut down challenging companies “until discriminatory online abuse is eliminated from our sport and wider society.”
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live on Monday, Watford striker Andre Gray said the protest alone “certainly is not enough”. “I understand why the clubs decided to do this to try to do something and I respect that.”
“But I don’t think the boycott of things has to go the way. I don’t think this will change, as it will only come back to normal on Saturday. The same energy must be channeled into the entire Super League fight against racism,” he added.
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