FA adopts International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's definition of antisemitism

Wednesday 27 Jan 2021
Wembley Stadium was lit purple on Holocaust Memorial Day as part of the 'Light The Darkness' national moment of remembrance and solidarity

We have today officially adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)'s working definition of antisemitism, as part of our ongoing commitment to tackling all forms of discrimination both on and off the pitch.

The definition has been adopted by the European Parliament and the governments of over 30 countries, including the UK, and we will join a number of clubs and organisations across English football in adopting the definition across all of our operations, ensuring there is a consistent view across the game about conduct or comments that may be deemed antisemitic.

The IHRA's working definition of antisemitism 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."

Our chief executive officer, Mark Bullingham, said: "Tackling all forms of discrimination and promoting equality has long been a priority for The FA as we strive for a game that is a truly safe and inclusive environment for all. Adopting this working definition is an important step and it will provide clarity across football on what language or actions may be considered antisemitic.

"We will continue to work closely with the relevant authorities and everyone within football to reaffirm the message that antisemitic behaviour is completely unacceptable."

Lord Mann, HM Government’s independent adviser on antisemitism, said: "I congratulate The FA for adopting the IHRA definition of antisemitism. This is an opportunity to strengthen anti-racist work across all levels of the game and I am proud that The FA has been one of the world leaders in adopting the IHRA definition."

Jonathan Goldstein, chair of the Jewish Leadership Council, said: "We thank English football’s governing body for joining dozens of its top football clubs and the Premier League in adopting the IHRA definition of antisemitism. The impact of this adoption will be felt far and wide and will no doubt complement the longstanding work The FA already does in tackling racism in football from grassroots to the professional game and across society."

On Wednesday evening Wembley Stadium connected by EE lit its arch and joined several other iconic landmarks in painting the country purple to mark UK Holocaust Memorial Day. This year’s theme is ‘be the light in the darkness’, encouraging people to reflect on the ways individuals and communities resisted darkness to be the light before, during and after genocide.

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By FA Staff