Chelsea FC has teamed up with Kick It Out to release an uncompromising short film encouraging people to report antisemitic abuse.
The film aimed at highlighting the dangers of antisemitism has today been released by Kick It Out as part of their work in tackling discrimination.
Produced by writer and Chelsea fan Ivor Baddiel, the film has been made to raise awareness of the consequences of antisemitic behaviour and its effect on Jewish fans and the wider community as a whole.
Chairman Bruce Buck and director Marina Granovskaia attended an event at the House of Commons last month where a high-profile audience, including former Sports Minister Tracey Crouch, Speaker of the House John Bercow and World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer watched a preview of the film. The night was hosted by MP John Mann, who chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group against Antisemitism.
The film features former Chelsea Women’s striker Eni Aluko and BBC Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine, interspersing real footage of fans making antisemitic chants, gestures and social media posts, alongside images from the Holocaust. It delivers an unequivocal and stark message that, while football is full of debate, there is no doubt antisemitism has no place in the sport itself or in our communities.
The film has now been adapted and will be used as a resource for Kick It Out’s leading work tackling discrimination and encouraging fans to report any instances of antisemitism they witness.
It will also provide additional resources as part of our ‘Say No To Antisemitism’ campaign, as well as forming a pivotal part of our matchday stewards’ training programme and contributing to our restorative justice programme, which educates fans found guilty of using antisemitic language or behaviour about the impact of their actions – a first for a Premier League club.
As well as that, the film will assist in our work in secondary schools and colleges as we educate older pupils and adult learners about equality and the dangers of antisemitism.
Kick it Out and Chelsea FC would like to thank the following people and organisations for their important contributions to the film:
Ivor Baddiel, Jeremy Vine, Eniola Aluko, Rebecca Joy, Mark Anker, SoundNode, Footage Farm, IMG/Premier League Archive, Sky Sports, beIN SPORTS, talkSPORT, WeAreTottenhamTV.
If you witness any form of discrimination in football, including antisemitism, you can report it to Kick It Out via the organisation’s app, email (firstname.lastname@example.org), freephone (0800 169 9414) or website.
If you witness any antisemitism across the UK, inside or outside football, you can report it to Community Security Trust (CST) via email (email@example.com), freephone (0800 032 3263) or website.
On Friday, it was announced that Chelsea Football Club will play MLS team New England Revolution in a ‘Game For Change’ in America next spring.
Chelsea will travel to Foxborough, Massachusetts to face the Revolution at the end of the Premier League season as a part of the Blues’ ‘Say No To Antisemitism’ campaign. The game will take place at Gillette Stadium in spring 2019, following the end of the Premier League season. More details on the match, including a finalised date and ticket information, will follow but further information is available by clicking on Game For Change.