(December 5, 2018 / JNS)
Chelsea will travel to Foxborough, Mass., to face the Revolution at the end of the Premier League season as a part of the Blues’ “Say No to Anti-Semitism” campaign.
The game will take place at Gillette Stadium in May 2019, following the end of the Premier League season. More details on the match, including a finalized date and ticket information, will follow.
Recent events in Pittsburgh, where 11 Jewish worshippers were killed during synagogue Shabbat services, serve as a reminder that anti-Semitism is an ongoing issue in North America.
To help raise funds for projects promoting equality and tolerance, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and New England Revolution investor/operator Robert Kraft will each donate $1 million, in addition to all proceeds from the match, towards international community programs that combat anti-Semitism.
“I am proud of the work Chelsea does to promote equality and tackle discrimination all over the world,” said Abramovich. “The campaign has already achieved so much in raising awareness of this important issue, but there remains a lot of work to do.”
Earlier this month, Kraft was honored with the World Jewish Congress Teddy Kolleck Award at the its Theodor Herzl Award dinner in New York.
In his remarks accepting the honor, Kraft spoke about how he has been privileged to see the power of sports bringing people together and breaking down barriers. Reflecting on the tragedy in Pittsburgh, he pledged to further his efforts to help combat anti-Semitism and all hate crimes.
Chelsea launched the “Say No to Anti-Semitism” campaign in January to raise awareness of and educate the club’s players, staff, fans and the wider community about the issue in football.
Since then, the club has worked with leading figures and authorities around the world to help spread the message that anti-Semitism, and indeed any form of discrimination, has no place in sports or in communities.
This match will further help spread that message around the world.