Premier League clubs are considering a blanket boycott on social media this weekend as they unite to fight racist abuse online … with Spurs and Man City on the cusp of becoming silent for the Carabao Cup final
- A blanket boycott of social media by Premier League clubs is under consideration
- The clubs are ready to send a powerful, symbolic message by going offline
- It would see Spurs and City shut up on social media ahead of the Carabao Cup final
- The move comes after a torrent of racist abuse targeting football players
A blanket boycott of social media by Premier League clubs is being considered for this weekend.
On Monday, Sportsmail revealed that a growing number of parties are willing, they hope, to send a powerful, symbolic message – in the wake of the torrent of racist abuse among players in recent months – by going offline at the same time.
And it is clear that the prospect of a blackout from Friday, April 23 to Monday, April 26 has now been mooted. Such a move would keep Tottenham and Manchester City silent on their social media outlets ahead of Sunday’s Carabao Cup final.
Tottenham’s Son Heung-min received racial abuse on social media last weekend
Spurs has released a statement and now all Premier League clubs are ready to boycott social media
There are commercial sensitivities that must be met. Discussions have taken place and the main concerns about the impact of a blanket boycott are its ability to bring about change.
In that regard, the government has told the top flight that the proposed Online Harms Bill is a priority for them and that they intend to move forward shortly. However, the white paper for the bill is now more than two years old.
The move will be led by clubs rather than the League itself. There is a desire for a unified approach. Many have already expressed their support.
As for the EFL, it is believed that a broad agreement has been reached between clubs on some form of protest, with the details still being ironed out.
Top clubs are considering going silent on Twitter and other platforms next weekend