The Professional Footballers' Association has organized a far-reaching boycott of social media for Friday, as a means of protesting racial abuse online and at matches.
For its boycott, the PFA referenced a recent incident involving Tottenham player Danny Rose (Premier League), who was the apparent target of alleged racial taunts by Montenegro fans.
"I don't want any future players to go through what I’ve been through in my career," Rose told The Guardian (UK). "Collectively, we are simply not willing to stand by while too little is done by football authorities and social media companies to protect players from this disgusting abuse."
Prior to 9 a.m. Friday (UK time ... 4 a.m. EST), the PFA had asked its men's and women's supporters from various leagues to post the #Enough hashtag on their social media accounts, as a show of unity.
"The boycott acts as a show of unity by the players, and a call for stronger action to be taken by social networks and footballing authorities in response to racist abuse both on and off the pitch," said the PFA, in a prepared statement.
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Neither Major League Soccer nor Atlanta United have formally recognized the boycott on their respective Twitter accounts, but it's also worth noting:
As of 2:45 p.m. EST, a large number of United players have not posted anything to social media, since the boycott went into effect Friday morning.
Which brings us to this:
United fans, do you think the MLS has done a good, great, decent or poor job of diffusing racially charged incidents involving the players and fans – both at the respective stadiums and online?
We'd like to hear from you, regarding your personal experiences with both forums.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?