This Bank Holiday weekend there is a full calendar of league football, but the Twitter and Facebook accounts of all professional clubs - including Tranmere Rovers - and English leagues will be silent.

That's because The FA, Premier League, EFL, FA Women’s Super League, FA Women’s Championship, Professional Footballer's Association, League Manager's Association, Kick It Out and the Football Supporter's Association are uniting for a social media boycott from 3pm today (Friday, 30 April) until 23.59 on Monday 3 May. 

The mass boycott is in response to the ongoing and sustained discriminatory abuse received online by players and many others connected to football.

As the local press correspondent of Tranmere Rovers, I will be participating in the boycott in solidarity with the club and all professionals involved in the game.

Wirral Globe: Tranmere Rovers are part of the social media boycott, along with the Globe's Tranmere reporter Richard GarnettTranmere Rovers are part of the social media boycott, along with the Globe's Tranmere reporter Richard Garnett

The abuse that some players, managers and indeed journalists receive online cannot be tolerated.

It is my belief that the social media companies need to take responsibility for clamping down on what is a technological environment where it is all too easy to abuse individuals without fear of any consequences. 

The boycott group has now expanded to include a number of sponsors and partners of the game, with broadcasters the latest group to join in.

BT Sport posted on Twitter: “This horrific cycle of online abuse needs to end. We stand united with the football community against online hate.”

It added: “The only content to appear on our channels across this weekend will be in relation to social media abuse.”

Head of talkSPORT Lee Clayton said: “talkSPORT is proud to join the social media boycott to speak up for those who have suffered real and lasting abuse on social media.

“talkSPORT’s social media is an important part of our multimedia offering with 5.6m followers across our social platforms. But now is the time to stand with the football community against hate.

“Racism is of course a big part of this boycott. But it also spans sexism, hateful and hostile content, discrimination and general abuse too.

“As a station we are taking steps to protect our own presenters from abuse from social media trolls and this is an important statement that online hate will not be tolerated.”

As a regional news organisation, the Globe's local news Facebook and Twitter feed will not be part of the boycott, but there will be no football-related posts across the Bank Holiday Weekend and no Tweets at all from @garnster until Tuesday, May 4.