Chelsea Football Club faces action from the Football Association following its supporters’ latest antisemitic song. The club’s fans have a long history of singing and chanting the most disgusting antisemitic lyrics, but only rarely have fans been prosecuted.
The latest antisemitic song to ring out from the Chelsea supporters’ section came on Saturday, when the club’s new player, Álvaro Morata, scored a goal. In celebration, numerous Chelsea supporters were reported to have sang: “Álvaro, oh, Álvaro, oh. He came from Real Madrid, he hates the f***ing Yids.”
“Yid” is a Yiddish word sometimes appropriated by antisemites as a repulsive derogatory term for Jews on a par with slave-trade era terms to describe black people. It is often and brazenly used by Chelsea supporters as a means of deriding rival team Tottenham Hotspur, amongst whose supporters Chelseas fans believe that there are many Jews.
Both Chelsea Football Club and Álvaro Morata swiftly spoke out. Chelsea issued a statement saying that “The club and the players appreciate the fans’ passionate support away from home, but the language in that song is not acceptable at all. We have spoken to Álvaro after the game, he does not want to be connected with that song in any way. Both the club and the player request the supporters stop singing that song with immediate effect.” Mr Morata tweeted: “Since I arrived, I have been able to feel your support every single day, you are amazing and I’d like to ask you to please respect everyone!”
Due to the repeated brazen singing of antisemitic songs by Chelsea fans, statements are no longer enough. Whilst we welcome the club’s swift condemnation of this repulsive singing, Chelsea must now either identify and the punish fans who participated, or the club itself should face strict penalties from the Football Association to send a clear message to its fans.
Since I arrived, I have been able to feel your support every single day, you are amazing and I'd like to ask you to please respect everyone!
— Álvaro Morata (@AlvaroMorata) September 9, 2017