In an effort to combat racism, English football leagues have announced a social media boycott.

Clubs across English football announce a social media boycott next weekend in response to online racist abuse of players. Clubs will switch off their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts from 3 p.m. local time (1400 GMT) on Friday 3 May. Premier League, English Football League, Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship clubs to take part. English football bodies sent an open letter to Facebook and Twitter in February, urging blocking and swift takedowns of offensive posts.

The boycott will take place across a full fixture programme in the men’s and women’s professional game from 3pm local time on Friday to 11.59pm on Monday 3 May, 2015.

A host of players at Premier League clubs have been targeted in the past few months, including Manchester United’s Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, Liverpool’s Trent-Alexander Arnold and Sadio Mane.

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