Chelsea Chairman Reveals The Real Way To Fight Racism In Football
Posted By: Dj Devoskid
on April 5, 2019
Chelsea “have a problem” with racist and anti-Semitic fan behaviour but believe education rather than bans will better help tackle the problem, says chairman Bruce Buck.
Raheem Sterling was allegedly racially abused by Chelsea fans in December and Blues fans were accused of anti-Semitic chanting during a Europa League game.
“We’ve changed our approach,” Buck told BBC Radio 4’s Beyond Today podcast.
“We believe with certain activity the best way to deal with it is education.”
“We believe if someone does something wrong and we ban them from the stadium for three years, they are not going to change their behaviour.
“They will become more racist or more anti-Semitic.
“Historically over the last 10 or 15 years, since Mr Abramovich [Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich] owned the football club, if there has been racist behaviour or anti-Semitic behaviour, we have dealt with it with a stadium ban.
“But as part of this project, talking about it over the last two years, we have changed our approach.”
Buck said the education programme is only available following some offences and the offender must admit the transgression before continuing.
“Our approach on all of those is to write to the alleged offender and ask them to comment,” Buck said.
“Once we get the comments back, we consider it and take all of the factors into consideration and decide whether it is appropriate to resolve it through education.”
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