Chelsea Football Club have been awarded for their ‘Say No To Anti-Semitism’ campaign at the 2019 London Football Awards on Thursday night.
The campaign which was launched in January 2018 won the Community Project of the Year prize.
Chelsea’s anti-Semitism project is a long-term initiative that forms part of the club’s work through the Chelsea Foundation’s Building Bridges campaign, and the initiative is supported by the club’s owner Roman Abramovich.
The judging panel at the London Football Awards thought that the campaign was very powerful, unique and clearly demonstrated the club’s commitment to tackling discrimination, in particular antisemitism.
Club chairman Bruce Buck was at hand to receive the award for Chelsea and he hailed the project’s success.
Buck said at the awards: “It is a project that is not just a week long or a month long.
“We have been doing this for a year and there is no end in sight because this is the kind of thing where moving the needle is very difficult.
“We have not viewed this as a Chelsea-specific issue, we have tried to encourage other organisations to get involved and we all know the power of football is enormous and we have to try to find ways to use that, not just against anti-Semitism but against racism in general.”
A number of Chelsea players were shortlisted for awards in the London Football Awards which is in its fifth year, but no one won an award this time around.
Chelsea FC have a zero tolerance for Semitism, and the club released a statement urging the fans to desist from such acts in the game against Spurs.
Chelsea Football Club released a statement, thus: “We host Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night in what is sure to be another exciting and passionate London derby at Stamford Bridge.
“The team enjoyed fantastic support at our home match against Tottenham in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg last month, with the brilliant atmosphere at the Bridge driving the players to success on a dramatic night, and we would like to once again thank our fans and remind supporters to keep support positive.
“A small minority of Chelsea supporters have in the past tarnished this derby by using antisemitic chanting, noises and gestures, including the Y-word, offering the justification of opposition fans using those terms as a form of identity.
“We have repeatedly made our stance on this clear – there is no place for such behaviour at Chelsea Football Club.
“Such actions or language have no place anywhere in football or society and everybody at Chelsea is proud to be part of a diverse club. Our players, staff, fans and visitors come from a wide range of backgrounds, including the Jewish community, and we want to ensure everyone feels safe, valued and included.
“We have long been committed to opposing discrimination of all kinds through our Building Bridges initiative and in January 2018 launched the Say No To Antisemitism campaign, which is supported by the club’s owner Roman Abramovich and aims to raise awareness of and educate our players, staff, fans and the wider community about antisemitism and its impact.
“The formation of the independent #ChelseaTogether initiative, aligning several fan groups to oppose all forms of discrimination in and around our club, provides more evidence that the vast majority of Chelsea supporters share the club’s desire to see an end of such behaviour.
“We urge everybody to show their support in the right way tonight and do their bit to help the Blues claim an important and memorable victory as we aim to pick up vital Premier League points.
“Supporters can report any discriminatory or antisocial behaviour either to a steward, or text anonymously to 07894 93 77 93. Please note the stand, row and seat number of the person, as well as their appearance, height and build.”