Football chiefs call for legislation to tackle online abuse after boycott

Supporters protest against Manchester United's owners, outside English Premier League club Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, north west England on May 2, 2021, ahead of their English Premier League fixture against Liverpool. Manchester United were one of six Premier League teams to sign up to the breakaway European Super League tournament. But just 48 hours later the Super League collapsed as United and the rest of the English clubs pulled out.

Oli SCARFF

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What you need to know:

  • "We now call on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to use their power to effect change and ensure there are real-life sanctions for online hate.
  • "We invite these social media companies to respond to our requests for action."
  • Manchester United tweeted: "The boycott is over. Our work to challenge and eradicate all forms of discrimination is not."

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