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Racism: Footballers agree to boycott social media

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


It follows a number of high-profile incidents in domestic and international matches this season.


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


And Watford captain Troy Deeney said “enough is enough.”


“On Friday we are sending a message to anyone that abuses players – or anyone else – whether from the crowd or online, that we won’t tolerate it within football,” said Deeney, who disabled comments on his Instagram after abuse earlier this month.


“The boycott is just one small step, but the players are speaking out with one voice against racism.”

Racist chanting was directed at several England players including Danny Rose during a Euro 2020 qualifier in Montenegro last month – the Spurs defender later said he “can’t wait to see the back of football.

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