THIS weekend will see a range of sports clubs, organisations and media outlets boycott social media platforms in the fight against online discrimination.

The Daily Echo sportsdesk has also made the decision to take part in the boycott, running from 3pm on Friday to 11.59pm on Monday.

Dan Rose and Tom Crocker make up the team of sport reporters who cover both AFC Bournemouth and Southampton FC for the Bournemouth Daily Echo and Southern Daily Echo.

We have both been present at games this season, where players from both Cherries and Saints have been racially abused online in the aftermath of matches.

Back in February, Saints youngster Alex Jankewitz was racially abused following his team’s defeat at Manchester United – his first Premier League start.

Junior Stanislas suffered discriminatory abuse via Twitter after scoring the winner for Cherries at Stoke in February.

This week Jefferson Lerma revealed he had received online death threats as well as abuse following Cherries’ win over Watford last month.

No matter what your profession, whether you are in the media spotlight or not, nobody deserves to be discriminated against.

More needs to be done to stop people sitting behind a keyboard, thinking they will remain anonymous in discriminating on online platforms.

Therefore, we will not be posting content via our various Twitter and Facebook sites as normal and are joining the social media blackout.

We will still be at both clubs’ games this weekend.

The latest stories, live blogs, and online coverage will still be available at and for our readers, but we feel it is only right to stand with the clubs we cover in the fight against discrimination.