Coventry City will be joining other Football Clubs and organisations in boycotting social media from 3pm on Friday 30th April until 23:59pm on Monday 3rd May.
The FA, Premier League, EFL, FA Women’s Super League, FA Women’s Championship, PFA, LMA, PGMOL, Kick It Out and the FSA will unite for a social media boycott in response to the ongoing and sustained discriminatory abuse received online by players and many others connected to football.
This has been scheduled to take place across a full fixture programme in the men’s and women’s professional game and will see clubs across the Premier League, EFL, WSL and Women’s Championship switch off their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
All official Coventry City Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media channels will remain silent during this time.
During this period Coventry City will, as always, continue to update our website ccfc.co.uk with the latest news and updates from the Sky Blues and fans are advised to continue to check our website.
This will include our away game on Saturday against Huddersfield Town, where we will providing live blog text updates on the action via ccfc.co.uk rather than via social media. There will also be a full-time report following our Under 23s match on Monday on our website.
One of the key features of our social media presence is our interaction with supporters, including responding to questions and queries on Twitter. However, this will also stop during this period.
Dave Boddy, Coventry City Chief Executive, said:
“We support the boycott of social media over this period and the united front that football is showing, and will be taking part in the boycott this weekend.
“Social media has allowed us to engage with our supporters more than ever and we have received much praise for how we use social media.
“However it is important that social media is used in a positive way, as it is by the vast majority of our supporters, and we join others in making clear that discriminatory abuse received online by players in our game and other individuals is not acceptable.
“We hope that this boycott sends a clear message to social media companies to act and implement new and more stringent guidelines and protocols to improve social media for all users.”