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Antisemitism in football talk at Edgware United Synagogue with Jonathan Metliss
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Monday 5th August 2019

In July, 40 attendees came to a talk on tackling racism and antisemitism in football at Edgware United Synagogue by Jonathan Metliss, Chairman of Action against Discrimination. The charity was established by Mr Metliss to raise funds to combat racism, antisemitism and discrimination in football.  

The talk commenced with Jonathan Metliss speaking about racist chanting at games and how it is against the law but that clubs are failing to take action even in situations of clear anti-Jewish abuse. He told the audience that he felt that antisemitism in football is a struggle for our community, especially in the current political climate. Mr Metliss felt that the problem needs to be eradicated and not enough is being done by organisations to stop it. He felt in particular that the  ‘Y’ word used at Tottenham Hotspur games needs to be eradicated and highlighted the racism and behaviour of travelling  fans to away matches.

The talk was supported by non Jewish anti racist campaigners in the community, who attended Edgware synagogue in support against antisemitism.

This included Nity Raj, director of Brentford football club who said,

‘’Fans who witness any form of discrimination at football matches should report every incident they see and record as much evidence as they can to ensure clubs take appropriate action.’’

Spencer Nathan, Adult Education Organiser at Edgware United Synagogue said, ‘’The speaker made people aware just how serious antisemitism in football is, his determination as chairman of AAD to tackle it and to encourage the clubs and the authorities to take it more seriously.’’