Cardiff City FC Foundation and Cardiff City Football Club will unite with the FA, Premier League, EFL, FA Women’s Super League, FA Women’s Championship, PFA, and others for a social media boycott from 15:00 on Friday 30th April to 23:59 on Monday 3rd May, in response to the ongoing and sustained discriminatory abuse received online by players and many others connected to football. 

As a collective, the game recognises the considerable reach and value of social media to our sport. The connectivity and access to supporters who are at the heart of football remain vital. 

Abuse is clearly not limited to social media. However, the boycott shows football coming together to emphasise that social media companies must do more to eradicate online hate while highlighting the importance of educating people in the ongoing fight against discrimination. 

Action from football in isolation will not suffice. Social media companies must improve policies and processes to tackle online discrimination and abuse. We also urge the UK Government to understand the significance of this collective action and introduce robust legislation.   

Foundation Director, Gavin Hawkey said: 

Racism, discrimination, and online abuse have a profound and corrosive impact upon our communities. They exacerbate inequalities. They create fear and mistrust. They exploit vulnerabilities. 

"Discrimination and abusive behaviour of any type is simply unacceptable. The appalling abuse received on social media by players, people connected to football, and people in wider society cannot be allowed to continue.

"We stand alongside football in staging this boycott to highlight the need for urgent action. We call on everyone to come together to challenge discrimination and champion equality, not just in football but in our communities.