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Abramovich launches Chelsea’s new “Say no to antisemitism” program

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has launched the club’s new “Say no to antisemitism” program as a part of the “Building Bridges” program

Dedicating Chelsea’s game against Bournemouth on Wednesday to the campaign, it is designed to teach player’s, staff, and fans on Judaism and Jewish heritage and the culture.

As reported on Sky Sports, the Russian wrote on the club’s match-day program:

“On 27 January, the world observed Holocaust Memorial Day. The Holocaust was a crime without parallel in history.

“We must never forget such atrocities and must do our utmost to prevent them from ever happening again. It is my honour to dedicate this match to the victims of the Holocaust and to the Jewish community.”

Further elaborating, Abramovich explained:

“On 27 January, the world observed Holocaust Memorial Day. The Holocaust was a crime without parallel in history.

“We must never forget such atrocities and must do our utmost to prevent them from ever happening again. It is my honour to dedicate this match to the victims of the Holocaust and to the Jewish community.”

The overall goal for Abramovich to to create a welcoming atmosphere at the club for everybody and he believes that this program will help point the club in the direction.

“This is the start of an important journey and we all have a part to play. We can all do something to challenge discrimination at our club as well as within the world around us.

“I am proud to launch an initiative to raise awareness of and to tackle antisemitism in all its forms, and hope to have your support for this work.”