English cricket and Premiership Rugby have announced they will join football’s social media blackout this weekend in response to continued online racist abuse of professional players in the country.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) with all 18 first-class county teams, the eight women’s regional teams and the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) will join the football community in switching off their social media accounts from Friday afternoon to Monday night.
Cricketers have not been immune to online abuse, with England fast bowler Jofra Archer revealing last year that he received racist messages on social media after breaching bio-bubble protocols during the test series against West Indies.
Earlier this month, England seam bowler Stuart Broad said the national team players were willing to take a stand against online abuse.
Premiership Rugby and their clubs have also given its “full support” to the campaign this weekend.
The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) has already confirmed their involvement in the campaign, which aims to encourage social media companies to do more to eradicate online hate.