Chelsea joins Anti-Defamation League in fight against racism

The club has pledged an undisclosed amount to support an expansion of ADL’s Centre on Extremism


Chelsea Football Club has partnered with the Anti-Defamation League to combat bigotry and extremism.

The club’s foundation arm said it would help fund the expansion of the ADL’s Centre on Extremism which feeds information on extremist activity to the police. 

Chelsea’s foundation will also support ADL’s work with a British group tracking extremism, the Institute for Strategic Dialogue.

Chelsea said it would also fund BINAH Europe, a resource for non-Jewish students to learn about antisemitism and Jewish identity.

The club already works in partnership with the ADL as part of the “No Place for Hate” campaign,  an anti-bigotry curriculum for school-aged children.

It is the latest step by club owner Roman Abramovich, who is Jewish, to help combat antisemitism and bigotry in sports.

In the statement announcing the partnership, Bruce Buck, the Chelsea FC chairman, alluded to online antisemitic attacks on Mr Abramovich and racist abuse of players.

He said: “The online hate towards our players, both men and women, towards our executives and towards our owner has increased several-fold in the last year alone.”

In April, the football club banned a fan from attending games for ten years for targeting a journalist with antisemitic messages online.

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