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Doncaster Knights joins social media blackout over May bank holiday

Doncaster Knights are joining the other Greene King IPA Championship clubs, Premiership clubs, Premier 15s clubs and the RFU in the sporting social media blackout over the May bank holiday weekend.

The blackout, which includes a wide variety of other sporting bodies and clubs, is to show our collective desire to end online abuse, and to call on social media companies to be better corporate citizens by clamping down on this abuse on their own platforms.

The blackout comes into effect at 3:00pm on Friday and lasts until 11:59pm on Monday evening.

Doncaster Knights match with Bedford Blues on Sunday afternoon will continue to be live streamed and there will be a digital match programme and report on the club’s website. But there will be no content posted on the club’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, and we encourage all our supporters to do the same.

The Red Roses take on France in Lille on Friday evening (kick-off 8pm BST), live on BBC iPlayer with coverage on

Red Roses captain Sarah Hunter said: “No professional sportsperson should have to suffer abuse, racism or harassment on social media.

“We’ve all seen how social media can help bring fans and players closer together but this does not mean abuse should be ignored.

“While we have an important Test match in France on Friday, we understand there are bigger and more important issues and hopefully this is an important statement that online hate will not be tolerated.”


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