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Manchester United adopts IHRA working definition of antisemitism

Thursday 03 December 2020 10:00

Manchester United has today announced its formal adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, as part of the club’s longstanding commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion through its ‘All Red All Equal’ campaign.

The adoption of this definition will provide employees and fans with a deeper understanding of antisemitism and education around appropriate language in the stadium, online and in the community.  Staff and stewards will be trained in the IHRA definition and provided with the information and guidance required for them to be able to identify and act on any antisemitic abuse on matchdays.

The club announcement comes as The Premier League and other football clubs also announce the formal adoption of the definition. This definition has now been adopted by over 30 countries, including the UK, which was the first Government to do so.

Manchester United’s Group Managing Director, Richard Arnold, said: “Through All Red All Equal, the club has worked closely with equality stakeholders to ensure our inclusion and diversity work supports a wide range of faiths and initiatives. We're privileged to have players, staff and supporters from diverse backgrounds, and embrace the responsibility we have to make a positive impact on everyone who visits Old Trafford and supports the club, no matter their race, religion or where they are from in the world. We have a clear zero tolerance policy to antisemitism and this action reinforces the strong relationship we have with our Jewish fans worldwide.”

The IHRA definition states that: “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.”

The full working definition can be found on HolocaustRemembrance.com.