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Chelsea launch Holocaust awareness video as UEFA investigates antisemitism



Chelsea have launched a video and social media campaign to raise awareness of the Holocaust, under the slogan “We Remember”.

Eden Hazard, Olivier Giroud and Chelsea’s England women’s team players Millie Bright and Hannah Blundell, are among those who appear in the video, urging people to “give a red card to hate”.

The premier league club’s owner Roman Abramovich, who is Jewish, appears in the video promoting the #WeRemember campaign, alongside manager Maurizio Sarri and coach Carlo Cudicini.

Millie Bright said: “We must make it clear that there is no place for religious, ethnic or national-based hate, both on and off the pitch.”

The campaign has been launched in the run-up to Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January as the club faces disciplinary proceedings by UEFA over allegations that supporters engaged in racist chanting during a game against Vidi in Hungary last month.

Eden Hazard, Chelsea's star player, appears in the video
Eden Hazard, Chelsea’s star player, appears in the video

Chelsea want people to post on social media photographs of themselves holding #WeRemember signs.

It is the third year the club has run a campaign in conjunction with the World Jewish Congress.

Chelsea fans have often been accused of antisemitic abuse, mostly against supporters of their fierce London rivals, Tottenham.

Chelsea fans have a reputation for antisemitic chanting. Pic:
The club is urging people to ‘give a red card to hate’. Pic:

In December, Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck condemned the actions of “a few mindless individuals”, branding alleged racist abuse of Raheem Sterling and antisemitic chanting at the Europa League tie “unacceptable” and “unwelcome”.

UEFA, European football’s governing body, announced on Tuesday it had opened disciplinary proceedings into the incident in the match against Hungarian side MOL Vidi.

A ruling is expected on 28 February.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who is Jewish, supports the campaign. Pic:
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who is Jewish, supports the campaign. Pic:

In October, Mr Buck said Chelsea may require fans found guilty of antisemitic abuse to visit the site of Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz rather than ban them.

A group of 150 Chelsea club staff, stewards and supporters visited the camp in June to learn about the deaths of the more than a million people there between 1940 and 1945.

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