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UEFA joins English soccer in weekend social media boycott

NYON, Switzerland (AP) – UEFA will join English soccer players, clubs, and organizations in a social media boycott to protest against online abuse this weekend. The soccer-led boycott will also be joined by English cricket, English Premiership rugby clubs, and the British Lawn Tennis Association.

The social media silence will start on Friday afternoon until late Monday evening and include UEFA-organized games on Sunday in the Women’s Champions League semifinals.

UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin used a speech last week to 55 member federations urging people in European soccer to make formal complaints about “unacceptable tweets or messages.”

“We’ve had enough of these cowards who hide behind their anonymity to spew out their noxious ideologies,” Čeferin said last week in Montreux, Switzerland.

UEFA had also acted in cases of online abuse when players criticized match officials. Neymar and Serge Aurier missed Champions League games in recent seasons for offensive comments about referees on social media.

This weekend, the English campaign followed British clubs Rangers, Birmingham, and Swansea shutting down their social media for several days.

Former France and Arsenal forward Thierry Henry also shut down his social media accounts to protest against racism and bullying.

English soccer officials have urged the British government to enact laws making social media companies more accountable for what appears on their platforms.

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