Blog – Football
4 Mar 2019 by CST
On 28 February 2019, Kick It Out, the organisation that works within football to challenge discrimination, held its 25th Anniversary dinner. This dinner was hosted and held at Chelsea Football Club and was attended by CST’s National Training Manager. The National Training Manager reflects on discrimination in the game and antisemitism, and shares some thoughts.
5 Jul 2018 by CST
The last few weeks saw two people face the consequences of being antisemitic when involved with football. A Braintree Town player was suspended for five games for calling a Jewish footballer a “f****** Jew” and two men were handed a five-year ban from attending games for performing Nazi salutes in a bar in Russia during the world cup. Two other men who featured in the footage were served notices under the Football Spectators Act. CST has long campaigned and worked for the issue of antisemitism in football to be tackled and for individuals who perpetrate antisemitism to be dealt with.
4 Apr 2018 by CST
On 3 March 2018, a Twitter user, known as Lee Munns, was sentenced to community service and a fine after being found guilty of committing a Section 4a Public Order Offence after posting an antisemitic tweet in August 2017. Munns was previously implicated in a racism scandal involving Chelsea fans on the Paris metro. CST’s partner, Kick It Out, worked closely on the case to ensure it was dealt with by the Crown Prosecution Service.
14 Mar 2018 by CST
Below is a statement by FA Chief Executive Martin Glenn following a meeting this morning between Martin Glenn; Funke Awoderu, Senior Inclusion and Diversity Manager at the FA; Simon Johnson of the Jewish Leadership Council; and Dave Rich of CST.
12 Feb 2018 by CST
Chelsea FC has recently launched a new campaign to raise awareness and educate Chelsea staff and players about the dangers of antisemitism in football. The campaign was officially launched at Stamford Bridge, the Chelsea stadium, with the club owner, Roman Abramovich, CST Chief Executive David S Delew and CST 's Dr Dave Rich in attendance.
7 Feb 2018 by CST
Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion organisation, has recorded a “significant rise” in reports of discrimination at the mid-way stage of the 2017/2018 football season. At the end of 2017, Kick It Out has recorded 282 discrimination incidents between August 2017 and December 2017, a rise of 59%.
26 Jan 2018 by Dave Rich
Imagine the world’s leading soccer league — the English Premier League, say, or Spain’s La Liga — being won by a Jewish club, with a Jewish name, Jewish owners, Jewish fans and Jewish players wearing a kit bearing a large Star of David. Imagine those players and fans regularly receiving anti-Semitic abuse and violence, but still playing and winning as proud Jews. Then imagine this club attracting worldwide acclaim before being closed down by an antisemitic government and the team’s founders and players fleeing to exile, going into hiding or, in many cases, being murdered.
26 May 2016 by CST
Kick It Out has launched a new social media campaign to tackle discrimination in football on the internet. Klick It Out was launched today and will continue throughout the 2016 European Championships being held in France. Kick It Out works to end discrimination and racism, including antisemitism, in football and is now focused on challenging it online.
3 Feb 2016 by CST
Kick It Out, the football focused anti-discrimination organisation, has launched a brochure to help fans tackle antisemitism in football. The brochure, Playing the Game: Reporting Antisemitism in Football, has been created in partnership with the Community Security Trust and Maccabi GB. It includes statistics of antisemitism in football for the 2014/2015 season and encourages users to report antisemitic abuse to both CST and Kick It Out.
4 Sep 2015 by CST
New figures released by the anti-discrimination in football campaign, Kick It Out, shows a rise of 21% in the number of incidents in football of discriminatory language and an increase in the number of complaints received. The figures show that 57% of incidents reported relate to racial abuse, whilst the other incidents relate to abuse based on sexual orientation, faith, sexism and abuse targeting disabled people. Of the faith based discrimination, the majority of incidents reported were antisemitic in nature, with three reports of Islamophobia. The Chairman of the Kick It Out campaign, Lord Ouseley, blamed the rise on the increasingly negative rhetoric surrounding immigration and minorities.
13 Aug 2015 by CST
Following a series of racist incidents, including the footage that emerged of Chelsea supporters pushing a black man off the Paris Metro, football’s anti-discrimination campaign, Kick It Out, has launched a new mobile app to enable fans to report racist abuse.
17 Apr 2015 by Dave Rich
Football's anti-discrimination group Kick It Out have published research that shows the scale of online abuse of Premier League players and clubs this season. They found over 134,000 abusive tweets, posts and comments, of which 28% were racist and 9% were antisemitic.
8 Apr 2015 by CST
Dutch authorities are investigating reports of fans reportedly chanting antisemitic slogans at a top flight football match in Holland.
11 Mar 2015 by CST
Samuel Eto’o and the FARE network were presented with the European Medal of Tolerance by European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation president Dr Moshe Kantor at a gala event in London this week.
23 Feb 2015 by CST
CST welcomes today's statement by Lord Ouseley, Chair of football's anti-discriminiation campaign Kick It Out, in which he condemns antisemitic chanting by some West Ham United supporters on their way to yesterday's match against Tottenham Hotspur.
21 Nov 2014 by CST
Reported remarks about Jews and money by Wigan football club's respected owner, Dave Whelan, reflect the persistence of dinosaur attitudes in football on issues of racism and sexism. They show how far the people's game still has to go in order to catch up with its…
9 May 2014 by CST
England football manager Roy Hodgson was the guest speaker at a fundraising breakfast today for CST, held at the Arts Club in Central London. The room was packed full as attendees were warmly welcomed by CSTs Northern Regional Chairman Michael Edelson, who explained the valuable work against antisemitism performed …
7 Mar 2014 by CST
The FA has published (pdf) the written report of the Independent Regulatory Commission that last week found Nicolas Anelka guilty of an aggravated breach of their rules for his 'Quenelle' salute goal celebration. CST welcomed the fact that the Commission found Anelka guilty but we did…
27 Feb 2014 by CST
Nicolas Anelka has rightly been found guilty of introducing an ugly antisemitic gesture into British football. We acknowledge Anelkas denial of antisemitic intent, but his action was clear and the FAs zero tolerance approach to racism meant there could be no other outcome. This verdict sends a strong m…
21 Jan 2014 by CST
CST welcomes the Football Association's decision to charge Nicolas Anelka with an aggravated breach of FA rules. We simply could not have accepted any other outcome. The FA has a zero tolerance approach to racism and that must, therefore, include antisemitism. Nobody disputes that Anelka made the 'quenelle'…
29 Dec 2013 by CST
The quenelle salute given by West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka when he scored in their Premier League match on Saturday is an antisemitic gesture, and he should be punished accordingly by the FA. In the Luis Suarez and John Terry cases the FA established the 'zero tolerance' principle, that a…
17 Sep 2013 by CST
In response to a growing number of enquiries, from both the public and media, CST wishes to re-state and summarise its position concerning the use of the Y-word ("Yid") in football. (For previous CST comment on this issue, see here.) CST and our partners at Maccabi GB…
9 May 2013 by CST
Last night Tottenham Hotspur played Chelsea in a Premier League football match. As is sadly often the case, antisemitic abuse was directed at Spurs both online and at the match itself. James Masters, a sports writer, has done sterling work in collecting examples of antisemitic tweets relating to last night's…
21 Feb 2013 by CST
CST is deeply concerned by reports that violent thugs made Nazi salutes when attacking fans of Tottenham Hotspur in France last night. This follows similar violence directed at Spurs fans in Rome in November. It is clearly unacceptable for football fans to be met with antisemitism and racism when…
1 Feb 2013 by CST
CST welcomes the conviction of Gareth Smith, a Huddersfield Town supporter, for making a Nazi salute and shouting antisemitic abuse at Leeds United fans during the Football League match between the two clubs last December. Smith was arrested after being identified on CCTV from the match. He admitted a…
26 Nov 2012 by CST
Events in Rome and London this week have put the focus of football racism onto the question of Jews and antisemitism. Both cities saw antisemitic abuse directed at fans of Tottenham Hotspur, a club long associated, rightly or wrongly, with having a Jewish fan base, and whose fans self-identify as …
23 Nov 2012 by CST
The Community Security Trust and Maccabi GB are appalled at the violent antisemitism directed at Spurs fans in Rome this week. Reports from Italy strongly suggest that the assault on a group of Spurs fans on Thursday was a politically-motivated attack by far right football hooligans who shouted antisemitic abuse…
22 Oct 2012 by CST
CST and Maccabi GB together with Kick It Out and the National Union of Teachers are holding a public meeting in Manchester to promote the "Think Again!" educational pack, tackling anti-semitism in football and in the classroom. The meeting is part of Kick It Out's One Game, One Community weeks…
18 Jun 2012 by CST
Kick It Out, the body which campaigns against discrimination in football, has launched a new educational resource pack for teachers to address the issues of antisemitism, racism and other forms of discrimination and prejudice in the classroom. Called Think Again! classroom activities for challenging prejudice and fostering community cohesion, the…
31 Oct 2011 by Dave Rich
The question of how deeply embedded antisemitic stereotypes and slurs are in society is one of the less tangible areas of antisemitism research. Often, examples emerge in the most banal settings: less serious in many ways than actual antisemitic hate crimes or statements by high profile people, but somehow more…
14 Apr 2011 by CST
CST and Maccabi GB have joined with Kick It Out, footballs equality and inclusion campaign, to make a new film aimed at tackling anti-Semitism and anti-Jewish abuse in football. The film, entitled The Y-Word, has been written and produced by David and Ivor Baddiel and made by …
17 May 2010 by CST
Five Polish football fans have been arrested for displaying antisemitic banners at a match in Rzeszow, southern Poland, two weeks ago: The banners were unfurled by fans of Resovia Rzeszow during a match Saturday against local rival Stala Rzeszow. One depicted a caricatured man with a large hooked nose wearing…