BARROW AFC will be taking in part in an English football boycott of social media this week.

From 3pm on Friday, the EFL, Premier League and other governing bodies will refrain from posting on their individual accounts on the likes of Facebook and Twitter until 11.59pm on Monday.

The move comes as players and others connected to the sport have been subjected to ongoing and sustained discriminatory abuse online.

Edleen John, The FA’s Director of International Relations, Corporate Affairs and Co-Partner for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, said: “It’s simply unacceptable that people across English football and society more broadly continue to be subjected to discriminatory abuse online on a daily basis, with no real-world consequences for perpetrators.

"This needs to change quickly, and we continue to urge social media companies to act now to address this.

"We will not stop talking about this issue and will continue to work with government in ensuring that the Online Safety Bill gives sufficient regulatory and supervisory powers to Ofcom.

"Social media companies need to be held accountable if they continue to fall short of their moral and social responsibilities to address this endemic problem.”

The boycott aims to show English football coming together and emphasising to social media companies that more needs to be done to eradicate online hate.