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Brentford makes a stand against antisemitism

Be the light in the darkness. On the date of Holocaust Memorial Day, we are reminded of the importance of fighting antisemitism and all forms of discrimination

27 January 2021

As part of Brentford Football Club’s ambition to be the most inclusive club in the country, today we announce our formal adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism.

The IHRA definition states: “Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”

Lord Mann, HM Government's Independent Adviser on Antisemitism, said: “Brentford FC has a tremendous reputation in promoting equality and diversity and I thank the Club for adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism. The leadership and continued commitment taken by the Club sends out a clear message that anti-Jewish racism will not be tolerated.”

“Through the adoption of this definition, we aim to increase the understanding of antisemitism within our supporters, staff, and the wider football family,” said Kevin Coleman, the Club’s Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion. “This will be an addition to all of our work to engage more meaningfully with all of our local faith communities, whether in terms of positive and proactive engagement or dealing with unacceptable language and behaviour.”

The full working definition can be found here: holocaustremembrance.com

For more information on the Club’s work on equality, diversity and inclusion, please click here.

The EFL also announced today they are adopting the definition. See more here.


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