Earlier in the week, Leicester City announced that they would join in a social media blackout, across all platforms, in an attempt to bring more focus to the issue of the discriminatory online abuse, which is particularly rife in football.
The initiative is lead by the majority of major leagues and organisations, and will begin at 15:00 on Friday, running until midnight on Monday.
In solidarity with our clubs, the social feeds of many of SBN’s Premier League sites will also be going dark, including Fosse Posse.
The FA, Premier League, EFL, FA Women’s Super League, FA Women’s Championship, PFA, LMA, PGMOL, Kick It Out, Women In Football and the FSA will unite for a social media boycott from the afternoon of Friday 30th April until the night of Monday 3rd May in response to the ongoing and sustained discriminatory abuse received online by players and many others connected to football.
This has been scheduled to take place across a full fixture schedule in the men’s and women’s professional game and will see clubs across the Premier League, EFL, WSL and Women’s Championship switch off their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
In solidarity with the cause, the following SB Nation Soccer Premier League blogs will also be honoring a similar period of silence on their social media accounts –
Arsenal – The Short Fuse
Aston Villa – 7500 to Holte
Everton – Royal Blue Mersey
Leicester City – Fosse Posse
Liverpool – The Liverpool Offside
Manchester United – The Busby Babe
Newcastle – Coming Home Newcastle
Tottenham – Cartilage Free Captain
This boycott alone will not stop the stream of hateful commentary that pervades through social media nowadays, but is more of a call to action for all of us as football fans to stand together and stamp this out of the game. We encourage each one of you to take a minute to think about what you, personally, can do to make the game we all love a kinder, more inclusive space and to help drive racism and abuse off social media.
We thank you for your support.
We recognise that our participation itself will have a negligible impact on the situation, and that action is required to bring about change. It is important for all of us, Fosse Posse included, to do more to call out this behaviour and remove it, where possible, from our game.
However, we also believe in the importance of standing by Leicester City and our fellow blogs as they make an important statement over these issues.
I hope that we can all take this opportunity to reflect on what we, as individuals, can do to contribute.