Anti-Semitism in football
Ronald Leopold, executive director of the Anne Frank House, welcomes participants of the conference. Photo: Roel Determeijer.
The problem of anti-Semitism in professional football crosses national boundaries, but its historical origins and manifestations differ from one country to the next, and a uniform solution for dealing with the problem has yet to be found.
In June 2015, the Anne Frank House organised an international conference in Amsterdam in order to compare the situations in four different European countries . Relevant representatives of government authorities, football associations, football clubs, anti-discrimination organisations and supporters from Engeland, Germany, Poland and the Netherlands were invited to join the event. In each of these countries, football-related anti-Semitism is a well-known phenomenon, yet the incidents vary with regard to background, context and scope. The primary objective of the Anne Frank House was to come to a mutual cross-fertilisation of know-how and experiences with regard to this topic.
Plenary session of the conference
Photo: Roel Determeijer.
This report is based on this two-day conference, and discusses the most significant and illuminating aspects of the expert lectures and additional seminars. The most significant and insightful results from the two-day conference in Amsterdam will form a starting point for future developments in the fight against football-related anti-Semitism in the aforementioned countries.