Premier League clubs plan social media blackout to send message on abuse

April 20 – English Premier League clubs are planning a social media blackout next month in response to continued online abuse of players.

The proposal for May 1-3 is for clubs to boycott online media for 24 hours around their games, while the league will stop posting on social media during that round of fixtures.

There would also be messaging sent out by the Premier League, with players asked to show their backing for the plan on their own social media profiles ahead of the weekend.

It comes amid an increase in incidents of players receiving racist abuse. Championship sides Birmingham City and Swansea and Scottish champions Rangers recently held week-long boycotts.

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