Chelsea travel to America today to help fight discrimination as part of our Say No To Antisemitism campaign, culminating in the Final Whistle On Hate match with New England Revolution on Wednesday night.
Chelsea have already been working closely with New England Revolution ahead of Wednesday’s game. Delegations representing the two clubs joined together with thousands of others from around the world at the annual March of the Living at former Nazi concentration camps in Poland, which takes place on Israel’s Holocaust Memorial Day and contrasts with the death marches so many were forced to suffer during World War Two.
Taking part were Chelsea director Eugene Tenenbaum, CEO Guy Laurence, former manager Avram Grant and Olympic legend and Blues fan Sir Steve Redgrave, while Revolution’s group included President Brian Bilello and club ambassador Charlie Davies.
The younger generation were also represented as Chelsea Academy players Armando Broja, Jordan Aina, Dynel Simeu, Sam McClelland, Jake Askew and George Nunn joined the Blues contingent, along with Under-18s coach Andy Myers and assistant Jon Harley.
Chelsea Chairman Bruce Buck and New England Revolution President Brian Bilello also discussed our Say No To Antisemitism project and the upcoming Final Whistle On Hate match during a panel discussion on the role of sports clubs as a force for good in society, in an event at New York University.
‘This is an indefinite programme, and we have some creative people looking at ways we can have different kinds of events and projects and we will keep moving forward,’ Buck explained.
‘We’re not going to see results overnight but we can’t be discouraged or frustrated. We just have to keep working. If a couple of years from now we can say we moved the needle a little bit, I think we will be satisfied.’
There is still a long way to go, but it is a fight Chelsea believes is necessary. There can be no place in our game for antisemitism or any form of discrimination and the club is determined to inspire others to join this vital cause, with our match in America on Wednesday evening evidence of what can be achieved when we are united against hate.