CST calls for action on antisemitism in football
The Community Security Trust (CST), a charity that monitors antisemitism and provides security for the UK Jewish community, is calling on UEFA and The FA to take urgent action following antisemitic chanting at matches in Rome and London in the past week.
CST has received complaints from people in the Jewish community following antisemitic chanting by some West Ham United fans at their Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur yesterday.
These include complaints from people who were at the match and others who have heard about the chants via the media.
CST sits on The FA’s working group tackling ‘Antisemitism & Islamophobia in Football’ (AS&I) together with Maccabi GB, and is seeking an urgent meeting with The FA, John Mann MP as Chair of AS&I and of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, and Kick It Out, to discuss how campaigns against racism in football can be fully extended to include antisemitism.
CST will also seek to meet the Metropolitan Police, Spurs and West Ham to discuss their response to the specific problems at yesterday’s match.
CST spokesman Mark Gardner said: “The days of English football crowds making massed monkey noises are thankfully gone, but massed antisemitic chanting about Hitler and gassing was clearly heard yesterday from a loud section of West Ham fans.
“We have heard such abuse against Spurs before and it risks seriously compromising the work against racism at all levels of the game. UEFA and The FA need to take urgent action regarding Lazio and West Ham respectively.
“Fans who indulge in racist or antisemitic behaviour should be arrested, charged and banned. We cannot have ‘the football family’ ignoring, and therefore encouraging, mass Nazi chanting.”
For further comment, please contact Mark Gardner on 0208 457 9960.