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Xenophobia in Sport

Xenophobia in Sport

Anti-Semitic and racist chants are commonplace in football stadiums. In March, following the appeal of the Dutch Football Federation (KNVB), the “football selfie racism case” received unsatisfactory legal epilogue when the Prosecutor’s Office announced symbolic fines to the three people who posted racist comments (such as Zwarte Piet and monkeys) to the photo.

In April, Utrecht supporters chanted the slogans, such as “Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas” and “My father was in the commandos, my mother was in the SS, together they burned Jews, because Jews burn the best!” to insult rival Ajax fans, whom they often call “Jews” because of the historical Jewish presence in Amsterdam, which is sometimes colloquially called “Mokum” after the Yiddish word for “place.” The anti-Semitism was caught on video and quickly circulated among Dutch media. FC Utrecht issued an apology as Jewish organizations demanded action by soccer authorities.

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