Rugby league to take part in social media boycott

Love Rugby League will go silent on our social media socials from Friday (3pm) until Monday (11:59pm) in a display of solidarity against racism, online abuse and discrimination.

On Thursday, rugby league stated its intentions to join the sporting boycott of social media platforms over the Bank Holiday weekend in a bid to tackle all forms of online abuse.

Love Rugby League will join a number of sports in taking part in the social media blackout from Friday (3pm) to Monday (11:59pm).

This will cover our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages but our website will still provide content such as reports, match reaction and news stories over the weekend.

The move follows social media boycotts by the Rugby Football League, Super League and its clubs.

We’re united in saying enough is enough.

Super League executive chairman Ken Davy said: “Super League and its clubs take a zero-tolerance approach to all forms of racism and are united in our cause to end discrimination in rugby league.

“Social media can be a place for rugby league fans to enjoy the best the sport has to offer, but too often players, coaches, match officials and fans face online abuse. We are proud to join with the sporting world this weekend to send a message that more needs to be done to eradicate this.”

Dr Rimla Akhtar MBE, the chair of the RFL inclusion and advisory board, said: “Rugby league is committed to fighting racism and discrimination through its Tackle It action plan and supporting the many people involved in making change happen.

“As non-executive director of the RFL and chair of the RFL’s inclusion board, I am proud to see rugby league joining the sporting world in sending out a very clear message that online hate and abuse will not be tolerated. I encourage all of the rugby league community to join us for this weekend’s social media boycott, and to support our continuing efforts to fight this evil.”

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