Tottenham defender Danny Rose was targeted with monkey noises while playing for England in Montenegro last month [Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images]

Footballers in England boycotting social media in a protest against racism were targeted with abuse about the 24-hour campaign, a trade union for professional footballers has reported. 

As part of the “Enough” campaign organised by the Professional Footballer’s Association, several English Premier League stars stayed off Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for 24 hours from 08:00 GMT on Friday.

Players, clubs and fans were encouraged to change their profile photos, disable comments and not post anything besides the campaign graphic. 

“Yesterday, some members received racist abuse on their #Enough posts. When these incidents were reported the response from social networks was – again –

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