Chelsea to send racist fans to Auschwitz instead of banning them - football

Chelsea to send racist fans to Auschwitz instead of banning them



Chelsea FC wants to replace blanket bans for anti-Semitic fans with educational trips to Auschwitz.
The new initiative would give racist fans the choice between losing their season ticket and visiting the Nazi concentration camp.
Jewish owner Roman Abramovich is thought to have consulted the World Jewish Congress and the Holocaust Education Trust over the plans, which are believed to be more effective than bans.
The club are hoping the new initiative will be more effective than season ticket bans (Picture: TF-Images / Getty Images)
The club are thought to be covering the cost of the trips in a bid to stamp out anti-Semitic behaviour at games.
Chairman Bruce Buck said: ‘If you just ban people, you will never change their behaviour.
‘This policy gives them the chance to realise what they have done, to make them want to behave better. ‘In the past, we would take them from the crowd and ban them, for up to three years.
‘Now we say “you did something wrong. You have the option”.’
Club chairman Bruce Buck wants Chelsea to convince other clubs to take similar action (Picture: Darren Walsh / Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
He added: ‘It is hard to act when a group of 50 or 100 people are chanting. That?s virtually impossible to deal with or try to drag them out of the stadium.
‘But if we have individuals that we can identify, we can act.’
The club have also announced that they are holding an international summit to fight raci...
source: metro-chelsea
URL source: http://metro.co.uk/tag/chelsea-fc/

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