Hull City ladies will unite with with clubs across the Premier League, EFL, WSL and Women’s Championship and PFA, LMA, PGMOL, Kick It Out and the FSA for a social media boycott from 15.00 on Friday 30 April to 23.59 on Monday 3 May, in response to the ongoing and sustained discriminatory abuse received online by players and many others connected to football.
This has been scheduled to take place across a full fixture programme in the men’s and women’s professional game and will see clubs across the Premier League, EFL, WSL and Women’s Championship switch off their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
As a collective, the game recognises the considerable reach and value of social media to our sport. The connectivity and access to supporters who are at the heart of football remains vital.
However, the boycott shows English football coming together to emphasise that social media companies must do more to eradicate online hate, while highlighting the importance of educating people in the ongoing fight against discrimination.
We pride ourselves on having a club that promotes equality and diversity, which everyone can be proud of. Football is for everyone, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, race, sex or disability. Derogatory comments, discrimination, racism are not acceptable anywhere or at anytime.
You can report an incident of discrimination in football – whether it took place online or at a grassroots, non-league or professional game – by filling in the online reporting form below.
Sanjay Bhandari, Kick It Out Chair, says: “Social media is now sadly a regular vessel for toxic abuse. Hate has become depressingly normalised. This boycott signifies our collective anger at the damage this causes to the people who play, watch and work in the game. Football is standing in unity with the people who receive and witness these vicious torrents of hate. By removing ourselves from the platforms, we are making a symbolic gesture to those with power. We need you to act. We need you to create change.
We want social media companies to do more and to act faster. We need them to make their platforms a hostile environment for trolls rather than for the football family. We need the government to hold its nerve and keep its promises to regulate. The Online Safety Bill could be a game changer and we aim to help make that happen. There should be no space for hate and everyone can play their part. If you watch, work in or love the game, join in. We can all take a stand.”