Chelsea and antisemitism
Chelsea have taken a hard line on their fans and antisemitism.
Only days after the racist abuse allegedly hurled at Raheem Sterling, their fans were in the news once again.
A section of fans were caught singing antisemitic chants during their Europa League game against Vidi, and the club were swift to react.
It came only days after the club paired up with Kick It Out, to create a video on antisemitic abuse.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) December 13, 2018
Not surprised by the tone of the Chelsea statement about the alleges chants. 10 days ago Kick It Out have released this short film, donated by Director Ivor Baddiel and Chelsea FC, encouraging people to report … antisemitic abuse and y chants. #cfchttps://t.co/yI3MR9qT17
— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) December 13, 2018
The club have made their feelings very clear, and have worked hard in the past to try and not only eradicate it, but also to educate their supporters.
Chelsea Football Club today announces a new campaign to raise awareness of and educate our players, staff, fans and the wider community about antisemitism in football.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 16, 2018
Chelsea and racism
The Blues have also faced accusations of racism in the past week.
The fans who abused Raheem Sterling have rightly been condemned by the club.
It baffles me that after the incredible generosity of a Jewish man Roman Abramovich allowing us to be one of the biggest clubs in England, AND with heroes of the highest order like @didierdrogba and so many others, how any @ChelseaFC fan could chant any racism and antisemitism.
— Joel Barder (@Joelybarder) December 14, 2018
It’s going to be yet another smack in the face for the board and of course the owner.
“I understand that Chelsea are angry from the top to the bottom of the club – the very top actually because owner Roman Abramovich is Jewish.
Brought them everything they could possibly dream of. Via @BBCSport
— JaiP (@JaiP72) December 14, 2018
Roman Abramovich is Jewish and the fact some of their fans have sung songs abusing Jewish people will be a huge disappointment to him.
The club are thought to be furious with the fans, and it’s yet again terrible press for them as well.
Chelsea have taken the view that education is the way forward, with the club trying to teach fans why antisemitism is so wrong – rather than banning them outright.
Instead of bans, the club suggested visits to the site of Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz.
After this latest controversy, it remains to be seen what the club will do next and how much more Abramovich is willing to take.