The management of European football clubs is strongly affected by the racial and religious hatred getting more pronounced recently.
The leadership of these teams comprises followers of the Jewish faith. On Thursday, Chelsea Football Club’s executives released a statement denouncing spectators who were chanting anti-Semitic insults.
It happened during the day’s Europa League group game between Chelsea and Hungarian team, MOL Vidi Football Club, which was concluded in a 2-2 draw.
At the Groupama Arena in Budapest, the derogatory cheer, “Barcelona, Real Madrid, Tottenham are a bunch of Yids, Yiddos,” echoed from a minority of Chelsea fans.
They shouted offensive language relating to the “Yids,” a slang term referring to Jewish people or the followers of the religion, Judaism.
The incident involving Chelsea is not the only fresh instance of hostility. Raheem Sterling, attacking midfielder of Manchester City Football Club, was racially abused last Saturday at Stamford Bridge.
His teammate, İlkay Gündoğan, empathized with him, saying that he also experienced being booed while playing for Germany due to his Turkish heritage.
In 2015, four Chelsea supporters were penalized with jail time and were fined for assaulting a black Metro commuter in Paris.
These felons were allegedly chanting, “We’re racist, we’re racist, and that’s the way we like it.”
Chelsea has imposed strict measures on selling tickets for their matches.
The football team’s management stressed that they disapprove of anti-Semitism and other forms of religious and race-related enmity.
Chelsea warned that they would punish these perpetrators of racial and religious antagonism. However, the singing of discriminatory and anti-Semitic songs still happened.
Transgressors reportedly hissed noises, berating Holocaust gas chamber victims. The football team is owned by Russian-Israeli billionaire investor and businessman, Roman Abramovich, who professes Judaism.
This year, Forbes Magazine ranked him as the 140th richest person in the world and the wealthiest man in Israel, with a net worth of $11.5 billion.
Moreover, Chelsea has a substantial population of Jewish fans. To emphasize that they are against anti-Semitism, the football team will play against the New England Revolution in Boston, Massachusetts in spring 2019.
The proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to the cause they are advocating. Their team owner will donate an extra $1 million as well.