Yesterday players, clubs and fans boycotted social media to take a stand against racism, in a campaign organised by the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA).
Over the last few months, both domestically and internationally, there have been a number of high-profile racist incidents directed at players. The boycott acted as a show of unity by the players, and a call for stronger action to be taken by social networks and footballing authorities in response to racist abuse both on and off the pitch.
We believe the #Enough campaign has sent a powerful message to social media companies and football’s sanctioning bodies worldwide that enough-is-enough.
Yesterday, some members received racist abuse on their #Enough posts. When these incidents were reported, the response from social networks was – again - unacceptable.
In the coming days, we will be inviting players to report any racist abuse they have received to us. We will collate it and share it with social platforms to demonstrate the impact of their lack of action.
We will be requesting meetings with each of the social platforms as a matter of priority. Meetings with the The FA and government are planned for next month.
This is a first step in a larger player-led campaign to tackle racism and demand meaningful change.