Blog – Football

  • Antisemitism in football being tackled

    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.  

  • Football supporter found guilty of antisemitic tweet

    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.   

  • Statement from FA Chief Executive Martin Glenn

    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.  

  • Chelsea FC, CST and partners launch campaign to tackle antisemitism

    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.  

  • Kick It Out reports significant rise in discrimination and antisemitism

    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%.   

  • Holocaust Memorial Day 2018: how the Holocaust swept away European Jewish soccer

    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.  

  • Kick It Out launches #KlickItOut campaign to tackle football-related social media abuse

    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.

  • Kick It Out launches brochure to combat antisemitism

    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.  

  • Majority of faith based discrimination in football is antisemitic

    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.

  • Kick It Out Launches App to Tackle Racism in Football

    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. 

  • Scale of online abuse in football revealed

    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.

  • Antisemitic chants marr Dutch football match

    8 Apr 2015 by CST

    Dutch authorities are investigating reports of fans reportedly chanting antisemitic slogans at a top flight football match in Holland.

  • Awards for combating racism in football

    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.

  • Antisemitic chanting by West Ham United supporters

    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.

  • Give Antisemitism the Boot

    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…

  • CST Breakfast with Roy Hodgson

    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 CST’s Northern Regional Chairman Michael Edelson, who explained the valuable work against antisemitism performed …

  • FA ban for Nicolas Anelka - the written report

    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…

  • CST statement on the FA verdict regarding Nicolas Anelka

    27 Feb 2014 by CST

    Nicolas Anelka has rightly been found guilty of introducing an ugly antisemitic gesture into British football. We acknowledge Anelka’s denial of antisemitic intent, but his action was clear and the FA’s zero tolerance approach to racism meant there could be no other outcome. This verdict sends a strong m…

  • FA charge Anelka: CST response

    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'…

  • Nicolas Anelka and Dieudonne: the quenelle is an antisemitic salute

    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…

  • CST Statement on 'Y'-Word

    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…

  • Antisemitic football tweets

    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…

  • CST condemns alleged neo-Nazi attack on Spurs fans in France

    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…

  • Football fan sentenced for Nazi salute

    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…

  • Antisemitism and football: time for action

    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 ‘…

  • Antisemitism at Spurs/Lazio football match

    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…

  • "Think Again!" Public meeting on antisemitism in football

    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…

  • Think Again! Kick It Out launch educational pack tackling antisemitism

    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…

  • The 'Jew Goal'

    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…

  • The Y-Word

    14 Apr 2011 by CST

    CST and Maccabi GB have joined with Kick It Out, football’s 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 …

  • Polish football fans: "Death to the Hooked Noses"

    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…

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