What happened in football today: April 8

Allardyce calls for a massive boycott of social networks

Sam Allardyce has called for a massive social media boycott by English football clubs to take a stand on a rising tide of racist messages.

The West Bromwich Albion boss has hit out at Instagram and lawmakers for lack of action after striker Callum Robinson became the third West Brom player this season to receive racist abuse online.

Swansea City and Rangers both announced on Thursday that they would boycott social media for seven days to protest online abuse and discrimination.

Automated offsides could be in place for the 2022 World Cup

FIFA may introduce an automated system to judge offsides at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, according to former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Wenger, who is now the head of global football development at FIFA, wants the introduction of a fully automated system.

Boateng will leave Bayern at the end of the season

Jérôme Boateng will leave Bayern Munich at the end of this season after 10 years at the club.

The 32-year-old’s contract expires this summer and Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has confirmed it won’t be extended.

Ibrahimovic is making his film debut

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will make his acting debut in the new film Asterix and Obelix.

Deadline announced Thursday that film production company Pathe has finalized the casting for Asterix and Obelix: The Middle Kingdom, starring Ibrahimovic alongside Guillaume Canet, Gilles Lellouche, Marion Cotillard and Vincent Cassel.

It will be Ibrahimovic’s first screen, although the 39-year-old is no stranger to the scene and sang a duet with Bologna coach Sinisa Mihajlovic at the Sanremo festival in Italy in March.

PFA threatens EFL with arbitration

The Professional Footballers’ Association has written to the English Football League threatening to serve another arbitration over planned team size limits for the 2021-22 season.

In February, the EFL’s controversial plans for salary caps in Leagues One and Two were withdrawn following a ruling by an independent arbitration panel.

Along with these now-withdrawn plans, a squad size limit has also been put in place, with League One and Two clubs to be limited to just 20 players for the coming season. Championship clubs will be allowed to select up to 25 players.

But the PFA opposes those plans and has urged EFL clubs to seek a vote on the matter as an alternative to another arbitration process.

White: Birmingham situation ‘not right’

England striker Ellen White has said the situation at her former club Birmingham City is ‘not right’ after the Women’s Super League side sent a letter to the board complaining about their working conditions .

Birmingham was plunged into crisis last weekend after The Telegraph reported its players had signed a letter to the board detailing complaints over access to facilities, travel to away matches and inadequate medical provisions.

Athletic revealed on Wednesday that the club were being sued for thousands of pounds in unpaid agents’ fees.

“It’s not right for the (Birmingham) players to live what they are,” White said.

For more on the club’s issues, go further below.

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