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Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, and Everton stand together to combat racism in football for Hate Crime Awareness week. (GETTY Images)

Manchester United fans react as club joins social media boycott in the battle against racism

According to the club’s official site, Manchester United will join other Premier League sides in a gesture against racism.

Clubs across the country will observe a social media boycott from 15:00 BST on Friday 30 April to 23:59 BST on Monday 3 May. This is in response to the discriminatory abuse received online by players and others connected to football.

The boycott has been backed and co-ordinated by The FA, Premier League, EFL, FA Women’s Super League, FA Women’s Championship, PFA, LMA, PGMOL, Kick It Out, Women in Football and the FSA.

The boycott also calls for social media companies to do more to eradicate online hate while highlighting the importance of educating people in the ongoing fight against discrimination.

A number of United players, namely Anthony Martial, Fred and Paul Pogba have all fallen prey to such attacks in recent months. The Red Devils also flagged off the ‘SEE RED’ initiative earlier this month to combat such behaviour on social media.

Manchester United fans react as club joins social media boycott in the battle against racism
Some Manchester United fans believe the blackout is just an excuse to not talk about the anti-Glazer protest

The fact that the blackout takes place during the game against Liverpool has not been lost on some supporters. With more anti-Glazer protests planned for the night, they believe it is just the club once again looking the other way when it comes to the anti-Glazer movement.

We take a look at how United fans reacted to the club’s decision to join the social media boycott.

Fans react as United joins the fight against discrimination

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