Troy Deeney will join other Leading Premier League stars in a 24-hour social media boycott on Friday in protest at recent high-profile incidents of racial abuse.

Danny Rose, Vincent Kompany, Chris Smalling, Ashley Young and Wilfried Zaha will also take part.

The boycott, organised by the Professional Footballers' Association under the #Enough hashtag, aims to bring players together to demand more action from social media networks and authorities.

The Hornets' skipper was quoted in the i Paper as saying: "My teammates and I have been on the receiving end of well documented abuse from a minority of narrow-minded, ignorant people both on social media and on the pitch. Any racism in football is too much, and it’s essential that we fight it wherever and whenever we see it.

“On Friday we are sending a message to anyone that abuses players – or anyone else – whether from the crowd or online, that we won’t tolerate it within football.

“The boycott is just one small step, but the players are speaking out with one voice against racism – enough is enough.”

Simone Pound, Head of Equalities at the PFA, said: "Football has the power to do so much good in the world. We must always try to use the sport's popularity and influence to make positive change."

The PFA is encouraging players to post an #Enough graphic on their social media accounts before beginning the boycott at 9.00am on Friday morning.

The campaign comes in the wake of a series of incidents of online racism including abuse of Manchester United defender Chris Smalling following his side's Champions League quarter-final defeat in Barcelona this week.

Smalling said: "Throughout my career I have developed a thick skin against verbal abuse, justifying it as just 'part of the game', but the time has come for Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to consider regulating their channels."