Last Updated: 10/10/18 11:47pm
Chelsea are set to deal with anti-Semitic fans by sending them on educational courses.
The move comes as part of an initiative by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich – who himself is Jewish – as he wishes to eradicate anti-Semitism from the club’s fan base.
Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck explained the process in an interview with The Sun, in which he outlined the need to make those supporters more informed with their world views as opposed to simply banning them.
“If you just ban people, you will never change their behaviour,” said Buck.
“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.”
Chelsea will give the supporters the chance to attend the educational courses, or risk losing their season tickets at Stamford Bridge.
“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’,” Buck added.
“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.
Club owner Abramovich backed a Chelsea campaign to battle anti-Semitism and “tackle it in all its form” at the beginning of the year.