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Albion & Premier League adopt IHRA’s working definition of antisemitism

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West Bromwich Albion has joined the Premier League in adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism, as part of an ongoing commitment to promote equality and diversity, and combat discrimination of any form in football.

The Premier League, and several of its clubs including the Baggies, are the latest organisations to recognise the working definition, which has been adopted by the Governments of the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Hungary, the United States, the European Parliament and over 30 countries. 

The IHRA’s working definition of antisemitism states:

“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.”

Both Albion and the Premier League have a zero-tolerance attitude to discrimination and believe that everyone involved the sport has the right to feel safe and welcome. We encourage everyone to challenge and report abusive behaviour wherever they may find it.

Bill Bush, Executive Director, 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 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 IHRA’s working definition of antisemitism is the latest step in the Premier League’s continued work to ensure that football is a welcoming environment for all.”

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