Chelsea to send racist fans to visit Nazi death camp Auschwitz instead of banning them
Chelsea want to replace blanket bans for racist Blues fans with educational trips to Nazi death camp Auschwitz.
Stamford Bridge owner Roman Abramovich, who is Jewish, has spearheaded a new initiative to combat antisemitism at the club.
Instead of handing out banning orders to supporters, Chelsea will give them the choice of education courses or the loss of their season tickets.
Blues chairman Bruce Buck said: “If you just ban people, you will never change their behaviour.
“This policy gives them the chance to realise what they have done, to make them want to behave better.
“In the past, we would take them from the crowd and ban them, for up to three years.
“Now we say ‘You did something wrong. You have the option.
“We can ban you or you can spend some time with our diversity officers, understanding what you did wrong’.
“It is hard to act when a group of 50 or 100 people are chanting. That’s virtually impossible to deal with or try to drag them out of the stadium.
“But if we have individuals that we can identify, we can act.”
In September 2017, after a game at Leicester, Chelsea slammed a number of their own fans for anti-Semitic chants aimed at rivals Tottenham, a club with a big Jewish fan base.