#Enough Step Two: Evidence the Scale and Impact of Racist Abuse Online
Following the success of Friday’s social media boycott, the PFA is calling for continued player support as we gear up for the next stage of the #Enough campaign.
The PFA is preparing to take our anti-racism message to government and social networks, with meetings pending in May. The players’ union have asked members to submit any evidence of racist abuse received online to an email address we have set up specifically for this purpose.
The PFA will spend the next few weeks collating the player’s abuse as evidence of the scale and impact of the problem. We will use this to demonstrate the severity of the issue to the Sports Minister, as well as Facebook/Instagram and Twitter.
The PFA was already scheduled to attend a meeting with the Sports Minister at Wembley alongside The FA, Kick It Out and other football bodies. We are in the process of confirming a meeting date with Facebook, who reached out to the PFA following Friday’s campaign activity. A meeting with Twitter has also been requested.
Simone Pound, Head of Equalities at the PFA, said:
“We are grateful to everyone involved in the success of the first step of the Enough campaign - the 24-hour social media boycott. We had players - past and present - joining the campaign, such as Dele Alli, Wilfried Zaha, Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Gareth Bale and David Beckham. Together, we reached over 90 million people.
“Players, fans and other organisations all joined together to use their platforms in a really powerful way to highlight that racist language and discrimination of all kinds is unacceptable in football and society.
“Now that we have made such an impact, we have to follow that up with empowered action. That’s why we’re asking members to share any evidence of racist abuse they’ve received with us. We will collate everything we receive together and share that at our meetings with government and social networks.
“The response we receive at those meetings will determine the next steps of the campaign, but we will continue to update our members of campaign progress publicly.”
#Enough is an anti-racism campaign set up by the PFA, borne out of frustration - articulated both directly to the PFA but also publicly via the player’s channels - regarding the racist abuse they receive online.
On Friday 19th April, professional footballers across the leagues took part in a 24-hour social media boycott to make a stand against racism, posting an #Enough graphic to their social media channels before their boycott. The campaign shines a light on the need for social media platforms to take responsibility to address racism received by professional footballers and other users online.
Members to help support our campaign, please:
- Send screenshots of any abuse received* to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Let us know whether you reported the abuse and if the social network’s response was satisfactory.
We are committed to making a stand against racism and will continue to members with meeting outcomes and campaign actions.
*In providing us with any screenshots, you agree for us to use such images as part of the Enough campaign. If you would prefer us to anonymise your submissions, please make us aware in your email.