Say No to Antisemitism campaign officially launched

Roman Abramovich was joined by high-profile individuals from across the Jewish community, and by antisemitism campaigners, prior to Wednesday night’s match with Bournemouth to officially launch our campaign to tackle antisemitism in football.

The initiative forms part of our ongoing inclusion work, through our Building Bridges campaign and you can read more about it by clicking here.

Representatives from the Holocaust Educational Trust, Jewish Museum London, Community Security Trust, Kick It Out, World Jewish Congress, Anne Frank House and Maccabi GB were in attendance on Wednesday to discuss the work. The campaign officially launched with the lighting of a candle by Holocaust survivor Harry Spiro BEM, who recently visited Cobham to share his story with Antonio Conte and his players.

Prior to the candle lighting, Chelsea Chairman Bruce Buck, Ronald Lauder, the President of the World Jewish Congress, Holocaust Educational Trust CEO Karen Pollock and Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis all addressed the assembled audience to discuss the importance of the initiative. The ceremony ended with a prayer from the Chief Rabbi.

Away from the Directors’ Box a ‘Say No To Antisemitism’ banner was unveiled on the pitch prior to kick-off.  A picture montage featuring players, fans, staff, high-profile individuals from across the Jewish community and antisemitism campaigners from around the world supporting the initiative was shown on the big screens. 

 Roman Abramovich was joined by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Gadi Ariley, Ronald S Lauder and Robert Singer

To find out more about Building Bridges and how you can support our equality work, go to:  www.chelseafc.com/buildingbridges.