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Kick It Out’s big night at Stamford Bridge

Kick It Out hosted a dinner at Stamford Bridge yesterday (Thursday), raising funds to support football's anti-discrimination body's education programme...

Kick It Out hosted a dinner in Stamford Bridge's Great Hall yesterday (Thursday), raising funds to support football's anti-discrimination body's education programme.

During the evening, Kick It Out Chair Lord Herman Ouseley (pictured) and other leading football figures took to the stage and discussed the importance of tackling prejudice and hate in football.

There were around 500 people in attendance to help raise funds and awareness, including former Blues Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Paul Elliott. The club was well represented, with Chairman Bruce Buck, technical director Michael Emenalo, assistant first-team coach Eddie Newton, Chelsea Ladies forward Eniola Aluko and ambassadors Tore Andre Flo and Carlo Cudicini all showing their support.

Entertainment on the night came from the David Idowu choir and Ballet Black, plus a question and answer session on stage with former players Garth Crooks, Chris Hughton and Chris Powell, plus England Women assistant manager Marieanne Spacey.

Lord Ouseley said: ‘Kick it Out's awareness-raising event at Stamford Bridge was successful in raising money to help expand its education programme and build effective partnerships to tackle the considerable problem of prejudice and hate incidents in football, and hate crimes across society as a whole.

‘Our deepest thanks go out to all at Chelsea FC for their co-operation in the build-up to the event and for being fantastic hosts.’

The club works closely with Kick It Out, who deal with all aspects of discrimination within football. We were awarded the Advanced Level of the Kick It Out Equality Standard in 2015 for our own work tackling discrimination within the game and fighting racism and all forms of prejudice.

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