The English Premier League club Chelsea wants to send their racist fans to an educational trip to Nazi death camp Auschwitz. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who is Jewish, has come up with a new initiative to end racism and keep the Blues reputation intact.
Chelsea’s management won’t be handing out banning orders to their fans and instead of that will give them the choice of education courses or the loss of their season tickets.
Blues 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,” he added.
“We can ban you or you can spend some time with our diversity officers, understanding what you did wrong’.
“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.”
There have been many instances in the past where Chelsea fans have come under scanner involving racism. In September 2017, after a game at Leicester, Chelsea slammed a number of their own fans for anti-Semitic chants aimed at rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
A delegation from Chelsea Football Club attended the annual March of the Living at Auschwitz in April. That was followed with an official trip of 150 Blues supporters plus club employees to the notorious Nazi death camp in Poland.