It is hoped that this adoption will enable the Premier League to identify and discipline anti-Jewish racism among players and employees, and will send a signal to fans that antisemitism has no place in football.
Bill Bush, executive director of the Premier League, said: “The Premier League is committed to tackling any form of discrimination in football. Our adoption of the IHRA’s working definition will enable us to be more effective in dealing with any antisemitic behaviour targeting our clubs or personnel. We continue to work closely with clubs and relevant authorities to ensure that any incident of discrimination is dealt with appropriately. The adoption of the [International] Definition of Antisemitism is the latest step in the Premier League’s continued work to ensure that football is a welcoming environment for all.”
Lord Mann, the Government’s Independent Advisor on Antisemitism, has campaigned vociferously with football clubs for the adoption of the Definition in the sport. The anti-racism group Kick It Out and the Jewish Leadership Council also contributed to the campaign.
Earlier this year, Chelsea became the first Premiership football club to adopt the Definition.
Campaign Against Antisemitism has consistently backed efforts by the Government to encourage widespread adoption of the Definition by local authorities, universities, public bodies and other institutions. The UK was the first country in the world to adopt the Definition, something for which Campaign Against Antisemitism, Lord Pickles and others worked hard over many meetings with officials at Downing Street.