European Super League owners drawing anti-semitic comments, says AAD

Friday 23rd April 2021 06:30 EDT

In a statement released to the press, Jonathan Metliss, Chairman of Action Against Discrimination (AAD), said: “Regardless of one’s view on the European Super League, the anti-Semitic tweets and comments on social media directed at the owners of Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur and the repetition of the standard anti-Semitic stereotypes are appalling and unacceptable. This behaviour is disgusting and inexcusable but sadly was not unexpected. 

“Much of the online abuse on the Super League concept has been anti-Semitic, directed at Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur as a result of their Jewish connections (although Chelsea have now withdrawn from the proposed competition). The other three clubs – Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal – have not been subjected to similar racist abuse. 

“AAD again condemns this deplorable behaviour and reinforces our campaign to eradicate anti-Semitism in football, whether at the ground, in grassroots football or on social media. 

“Racist abuse is becoming more and more prevalent on social media and these anti-Semitic comments, which are part of this abhorrent situation, merely emphasise that the AAD campaign to eradicate anti-Semitism in football is proper, just and appropriate. This latest incident merely strengthens our resolve and determination to see an end to this behaviour once and for all. 

“As we have said previously and consistently, the clubs, football authorities, police and social media platforms have to do much more to prevent and eradicate this behaviour. This is a very sad state of affairs following on from the abuse directed towards Daniel Levy, the chairman of Tottenham Hotspur, and hopefully will prompt the relevant bodies into serious and appropriate action.”

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