Kick It Out joins with Maccabi GB and CST in new effort to encourage football fans to report antisemitism


Football anti-discrimination group Kick It Out has partnered with Maccabi GB and the Community Security Trust in a new drive to tackle antisemitism in the game.

The organisation has released a brochure encouraging fans to report antisemitic abuse, outlining the different ways in which they can do so.

Reports of antisemitic attacks to Kick It Out rose by 14 per cent across the 2014/15 season, while antisemitic chanting by Southampton and West Ham United fans has led to police investigations this season.

Kick It Out director Roisin Wood predicted that the document, which can be downloaded from the organisation’s website, would “encourage reporting of antisemitic behaviour across all levels of the game”.

Maccabi GB chief executive Martin Berliner said his organisation was “delighted that the issue of antisemitism in football is being addressed by Kick It Out and there is a real conscious effort to eradicate it from all forms of the game.

“Never before has there been such quick and easy ways to report abuse thanks to the Kick It Out app, as well as the freephone number and website. We are proud to be involved with these initiatives and the report itself.”

Dave Rich, deputy communications director for CST, said: “Jewish fans and players are entitled to enjoy their football without having to face abuse, and we encourage people to use this guide to report antisemitism.”

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