Nigeria forward Kelechi Iheanacho has joined the renewed call for clampdown on racism in football, Completesports.com reports.
Professional footballers in England and Wales are boycotting social media on Friday to take a stand against racism as part of the ‘Enough’ campaign
The #Enough campaign, organised by the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA), will encourage players not to use any form of social media from 09.00 on April 19 to 09.00 on April 20.
Players have been posting the ‘#Enough’ graphic on their social media platforms that comes with the accompanying message: We are making a stand against racist abuse.
And Iheanacho joined his colleagues in solidarity by taking to the social media to perform the campaign.
“#Enough, we are making a stand against racist abuse. We recognise that our platforms come with responsibility, so we are using our voice to stand against racist abuse. Together, we are calling on social media platforms and footballing bodies to do more,” Iheanacho tweeted.
The PFA says the campaign is a response to a number of high-profile racist incidents directed at players in recent months and hopes to put pressure on the authorities and social media networks to better address the issue.
Only this week, Manchester United captain Ashley Young was subjected to racist abuse on social media following his side’s Champions League quarter-final defeat to Barcelona.
Black England players, including Tottenham defender Danny Rose and Manchester City star Raheem Sterling, were also subjected to racist chanting during a Euro 2020 qualifier in Montenegro last month.
Rose later admitted he “can’t wait” to quit football because of the way racism is handled within the game.
By Adeboye Amosu