Premier League side Chelsea FC wishes to eradicate anti-Semitism from the West London fan base and consequently set to send the said fans to Auschwitz for a course to re-educate them.
Roman Abramovich, who is Jewish, is the main thrust behind the club’s zero-tolerance policy on racism and he is focused on eradicating the ascent of anti-semitism in society.
In April, the club’s chairman Bruce Buck and director Eugene Tenenbaum were part of a club delegation at the March of the Living at Auschwitz.
Eight weeks later, 150 club staff and supporters visited the inhumane ‘Nazi’ camp where in excess of a million men, women and kids lost their lives between 1940 and 1945.
Chelsea are not planning any more outings for now, but they would be willing to include their fans who have convictions of bigotry and racist offences on any future visits.
Club chairman, Bruce Buck, explained the decision in an interview with ‘The Sun’:
“If you just ban people, you will never change their behaviour.
“This policy gives them the chance to realise what they have done, to make them want to behave better.
“In the past, we would take them from the crowd and ban them, for up to three years.”
“Now we say ‘You did something wrong. You have the option. We can ban you or you can spend some time with our diversity officers, understanding what you did wrong’.
“It is hard to act when a group of 50 or 100 people are chanting. That’s virtually impossible to deal with or try to drag them out of the stadium.
“But if we have individuals that we can identify, we can act.”
If fans do not take up the educational courses, they will risk losing their Stamford Bridge season tickets.
Chelsea believes the educational course is an imperative part of the fight against racism in football and in the society at large.