Chelsea Soccer Club to Send Racist Fans to Tour Auschwitz: 'This Will Make Them Want to Behave Better'

The Sun reports that rather than banning fans for racism, the soccer team plans to send supporters on an education tour to Nazi concentration camps as part of an education initiative

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File photo: Chelsea's John Terry waves to supporters, March 12, 2016.
File photo: Chelsea's John Terry waves to supporters, March 12, 2016.Credit: Jon Super/AP

The Chelsea soccer club, whose fans have been accused of anti-Semitism on multiple occasions, plans to send supporters who engage in racist behavior on trips to the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz instead of banning them, The Sun reported Thursday.

In January, Chelsea announced that it will launch an initiative aimed at discouraging anti-Semitism among its players and fans. The club said it would partner with the Anne Frank House, London’s Jewish Museum, the Holocaust Educational Trust and other organizations to provide workshops on Jewish culture in primary schools. It also announced it would launch an education program for fans who have been banned from games for perpetuating anti-Semitism.

Chelsea Chairman Bruce Buck told The Sun: “If you just ban people, you will never change their behavior. This policy gives them the chance to realize what they have done, to make them want to behave better."

The club's owner, Roman Abramovich, is Jewish and said to be behind the initiative.

Chelsea supporters were caught singing anti-Semitic songs during a game held five days after the British club launched the campaign to stamp out anti-Semitism among its fans.