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Racism: Premier League clubs consider social media blackout

English Premier League clubs are said to be considering a united social media boycott over one weekend to combat the menace of racism.

The move comes after Tottenham forward Son Heung-min became the latest player to suffer racist abuse following a game against Manchester United on Sunday.

United’s Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Axel Tuanzebe, as well as Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha have also suffered racist slurs in recent times.

The clubs are of the opinion that in order to shock social media companies into action, a blanket blackout of all updates is required.

According to the Daily Mail, a potential boycott would likely begin on Friday 5pm and run all the through to 9am the following Monday.

It is understood that top flight clubs are keen to form a united front, as they did with the Players Together Covid-19 relief scheme.

“What we don’t want is a situation where some clubs have their own boycott while others do not,” a source at one club said.

“This is very much all or nothing. If every club decided to do a blanket ban at the same time – and if that was around the same round of fixtures – it would have the maximum possible impact.”

The plan is not without snags, as majority of Premier League clubs have lucrative commercial agreements in place which rely on social media posts.

But sources say despite these issues, there is understood to be a growing confidence that the boycott will go ahead before the end of the season.

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