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Micah Richards hopes English football's social media boycott will draw attention to the 'soul destroying abuse' as Gary Neville questions what governing bodies have done to help tackle racism and calls for education programmes to be put in place  Micah Richards hopes social media boycott will start shining light on the issue Clubs and players within the English game are taking part in four-day silence Gary Neville questioned what the football authorities have done in recent years Former player called for more education to be put in place 

By Matt Verri For Mailonline

Published: 14:43 BST, 2 May 2021 | Updated: 14:43 BST, 2 May 2021

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Micah Richards believes the current social media boycott of many within English football will prove to be a good start in the fight to tackle online abuse.

Clubs, players and sporting bodies are among those taking part until Monday night as a show of solidarity against the online abuse suffered by so many in the public eye.

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When he was asked why the boycott was a positive, Richards hoped that shining a light on the issue can only prove to be a good thing.

Micah Richards hopes football's social media boycott will help shine a light on level of abuse

Micah Richards hopes football's social media boycott will help shine a light on level of abuse

Marcus Rashford is among those to take part in the four-day silence and call for more action

Marcus Rashford is among those to take part in the four-day silence and call for more action

'Just because it can make a difference, it's making a stand,' Richards told SkySports.

'I wouldn't be against someone who didn't want to do it. But I had a good friend of mine who started punditry at the same time, Karen Carney, and she said some comments online during broadcasting and then the abuse that she got afterwards was soul destroying, knowing how hard actually she works. 

'Being a women in a man's game, knowing so much about it, and if someone doesn't like you that's fine, but to abuse someone and take it personally, that is so wrong. I don't understand, do people get a kick out of this?

'And then there's the racism, it's getting too much now and these social media platforms need to do more. 

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