English rugby and cricket have also joined in the protest, which will take place between 3pm on Friday and midnight on Monday.
Ahead of the boycott, the Premier League shared a video featuring Alan Shearer and Ian Wright discussing the issue, with Wright bringing up just how serious the abuse he receives online is.
Shearer was clearly shocked by what his former England teammate has to go through.
Wright was disappointed earlier this year, when a person he reported as racially abusing him online was only given a probation. At the time of the verdict, he said: "I can only wonder what deterrent there is for anyone else who spouts this kind of vile racist abuse.
"I am disappointed. I'm tired. We are all tired."
The Arsenal and Crystal Palace icon repeated his disappointment this time, and made clear that he thinks education is the way forward.
A humbling and powerful conversation between @IanWright0 and @AlanShearer- Premier League (@premierleague) April 30, 2021
We know this video will not stop online abuse, but in sharing this, we want to highlight the seriousness of what we're demanding of social media platforms#NoRoomForRacism ' #StopOnlineAbuse pic.twitter.com/m4OayJ0Mqf
He doesn't believe social media companies or the government are currently doing enough on the issue, which the boycott is aiming to change.
Fans posted their support after the video went up.
@IanWright0 as a white man I clearly don't fully understand what such messages do those who receive them. It is deplorable that individuals feel this is OK to do & that there is little in terms of consequences- Joe Sheehan (@jodys75) April 30, 2021
Education is key to stop this rot in society. #IgnoranceIsNOTBliss
I don't know what to say or do. Other than just to tell @IanWright0 that you are ace, you're a good man, you deserve better. And that there are people out here who are thinking of you. Take care. :punch:- kevinchesters (@hairychesters) April 30, 2021
This is absolutely shocking and shows real bravery on @IanWright0 part to feel like he can talk about and show the abuse he gets on a daily basis.- Chris Lovett* (@99lovettchr) April 30, 2021
Social media companies need to do better. @Twitter @Facebook @instagram @YouTube @Twitch need to do better.
Wow! Absolutely shocking. These people need to face consequences to what they say. Shouldn't be able to hide behind a screen and abuse anybody!- Gav (@gavlaar7) April 30, 2021
Absolutely lost for words, disgusting and upsetting! :broken_heart:- Oliver Giles (@mrolivergiles) April 30, 2021
Best wishes to you Ian Wright, stay strong and you have my support! :heart:
So very sorry that you have to deal with messages like that @IanWright0 Thank you for the bravery you have shown in sharing them. The majority of us are absolutely with you and will keep working until action is taken to ensure there are appropriate consequences for such messages- Richard Clifford :blue_heart: (@RichClifford400) April 30, 2021
Just disgusting, I can't imagine having to deal with that daily, something really needs to change immediately- P Riddy (@Utd4Life78) April 30, 2021
Absolutely sickening. I'm aware things like this go on but until you read it/have it read out to you like this it's difficult to comprehend people actually think this way. And to get these type of messages on a daily basis?! Words fail me. So sorry you have to suffer this Wrighty- Ben Pinsent (@Sharkey8) April 30, 2021
Just shocked, how is this acceptable. Something needs to be done this can't continue any longer. I'm so sorry for the people who have to deal with this- Jonjo Gallagher (@GallagherJ82) April 30, 2021
Premier League broadcasters Sky Sports and BT Sport are also taking part in the boycott this weekend, and won't be posting any content related to the matches taking place.
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