EPL clubs plan a social media boycott in response to the continuous online abuse of players.

by Helvine Achieng
April 26, 2021

According to reports in the English media, The English Premier League is planning a social media blackout next month in a move it says is in response to continued online abuse of players. The proposal is set to be in effect between May 1-3.

It is expected all the clubs in the competition, including the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United, will boycott online media for 24 hours around their games, while the league will go silent for all three days.

This comes amid an increase in incidents of players receiving racist abuse. The Premier League clubs have been asked to confirm their support for the blackout by 14:00 GMT on Monday.

Recently, Birmingham City, Swansea and Scottish champions Rangers held week-long boycotts.

This week, Aston Villa and England defender Tyrone Mings revealed the received racist abuse on social media.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has given control of his Twitter account to Cybersmile – which provides support for victims of cyberbullying and online hate campaigns – to raise awareness of the impact of abuse. This comes after Liverpool players Trent Alexander-Arnold, Naby Keita and Sadio Mane were sent racist comments and emojis on Instagram after their Champions League quarter-final first-leg defeat by Real Madrid.

Tottenham has also stated they would hold a review after South Korean forward Son Heung-min, was racially abused on social media following last Sunday's 3-1 Premier League home defeat by Manchester United. Manchester United have set up an online reporting system to encourage fans to flag up online abuse – after widespread 

abuse of players from both their men's and women's teams.