Football Association adopts the IHRA definition of antisemitism

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Football Association adopts the IHRA definition of antisemitism

Coinciding with Holocaust Memorial Day, the FA's chief executive says the move 'will provide clarity across football on what language or actions may be considered antisemitic.'

Wembley Stadium. 
Photo: Jed Leicester for The FA
Wembley Stadium. Photo: Jed Leicester for The FA

The Football Association (The FA) has announced it is adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism.

Showing its commitment to tackling discrimination, the FA will join all-but-one Premier League club, Sheffield United, in adopting the definition.

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.”

Mark Bullingham, The FA’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Adopting this working definition is an important step and it will provide clarity across football on what language or actions may be considered antisemitic. We will continue to work closely with the relevant authorities and everyone within football to reaffirm the message that antisemitic behaviour is completely unacceptable.”

Lord Mann, the Government’s Independent Adviser on antisemitism, said: “I congratulate The FA for adopting the IHRA definition of antisemitism. This is an opportunity to strengthen anti-racist work across all levels of the game and I am proud that The FA has been one of the world leaders in adopting the IHRA definition.”

To commemorate UK Holocaust Memorial Day this evening, Wembley Stadium will light its arch in purple. It joins several other iconic landmarks in doing so, across the country.


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