#Enough - Footballers make a stand against racism

Tom Homewood
·Assistant Producer

Professional footballers in England and Wales are boycotting social media on Friday to take a stand against racism.

The #Enough campaign, organised by the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA), will encourage players not to use any form of social media for 24 hours, between 09.00 on April 19 to 09.00 on April 20.

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A number of leading Premier League players past and present are taking part across Twitter.

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“Over the last few months, both domestically and internationally, there have been a number of high-profile racist incidents directed at players,” the PFA said in a statement.

“The boycott acts 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.

“The boycott is the first step in a longer campaign to tackle racism in football. The PFA will continue to work closely with The FA and government to ensure more is done to tackle racist abuse, while also seeking to put pressure on both FIFA and UEFA.”

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The latest incident saw Ashley Young racially abused by some Manchester United fans on social media following their defeat at Barcelona on Tuesday night.

Raheem Sterling was abused while playing for Manchester City at Chelsea, Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a banana thrown at him by Spurs supporters and England players were subjected to monkey chants when they played in Montenegro last month.

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