UEFA joins the campaign by English football clubs to boycott social media this weekend in protest against online racism and discrimination.

The European Football Association will shut down its platforms from Friday afternoon to Monday evening.

"There have been abuses both on the field and on social media. This is unacceptable and must be stopped, with the help of public and legislative authorities and the social media giants," said Chairman Aleksander Ceferin.

"Growing a culture of hatred with impunity is dangerous, very dangerous. Not just for football, but for society as a whole. We're tired of these cowards hiding behind their anonymity to spit out their damaging ideologies."

Clubs in the Premier League, English Football League, Women's Super League and Women's Championship previously announced that they will shut down their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts this weekend.

In doing so, they hope to get the platforms to do more against misbehavior on the internet.

Many players fall victim to online racism

In recent months, many players have been racially treated online.

Manchester United players Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, among others, were victims.

The English rugby association and cycling association have already announced that they are participating in the boycott.

The German club TSG Hoffenheim also joined the action.

UEFA is therefore the next to show solidarity.

In February, English football wrote another letter to the major social media companies calling for them to block accounts guilty of racism and insults.

According to the Premier League, this has been insufficiently responded to by Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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