Scottish football’s governing bodies will join with clubs like Aberdeen and Celtic this weekend to form a social media blackout after repeated abuse from a ‘vile and mindless minority.’

Clubs across Scotland will join the Scottish Football Association, Scottish Professional Football League, Scottish Women’s Football and PFA Scotland for a boycott which will last from 3pm on Friday, April 30, until 11.59pm on Monday, May 3. Similar steps have been taken south of the border while Celtic have publicly backed the move.

Clubs will take part in a social media blackout with Celtic the first to endorse the move.

Clubs will take part in a social media blackout with Celtic the first to endorse the move. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster said: “Discrimination of any kind has absolutely no place in Scottish football and the online abuse received by some of those involved in our national game is absolutely abhorrent. The SPFL is committed to ensuring that Scottish football is inclusive and welcoming to all.

“Players and supporters from diverse backgrounds have played, and continue to play, an enormously positive and valued role in our game. Diversity is part of what makes Scottish football what it is, it should be protected and championed.

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“As a society, we all have a responsibility to stamp out abusive behaviour and ensure that everyone, regardless of background, can enjoy football in this country without fear of receiving hate-filled messages online. Social media provides a wonderful platform for clubs of all sizes to communicate with their fans.

“It’s a platform that our clubs have used to great effect in recent years but it is also a medium that is being abused by a vile and mindless minority. These cowards often hide behind anonymous accounts and it is incumbent upon social media companies to actively and aggressively combat this problem.

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