Abramovich hosts leader of Israel – highlighting notorious antisemitism
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich hosted Israeli President Isaac Herzog at Stamford Bridge on Sunday as part of the Premier League club’s campaign against antisemitism. Abramovich attends a company event for the first time in years – since his application for an old British visa was denied. The Russian businessman is very dedicated to the Holocaust. On Sunday, he went to see the museum that he helped fund with donations & the time he spent there. He found it fascinating, especially considering that most of his family died in the Holocaust.
Abramovich has financed a “Say NO to Antisemitism” program that was originally funded by the club because there are many issues with the anti-Jewish sentiment. Herzog, a famous German author, began his address at the Chelsea stadium mentioning many of society’s problems–racism in sport amongst them. It is noted an increasing number of racist and violent incidents in sporting events, which bring out the worst in human beings. When taken outside the stadium events like these can be seen in the refusal of athletes to risk their health by competing against one another.
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The event also celebrated Holocaust survivor Benjamin Helfgott, who went on to compete at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics for Britain in weightlifting. He is 92 years old this Monday. Chelsea and Bruce Buck identify Holocaust victims who were killed while playing football. Abramovich is reportedly in Italy and was spotted last week at a Chelsea match against Napoli where Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick.
A visa was denied on an application that would have allowed me to stay in the UK. It came at a time when the government pledged to review the long-term visas of rich Russians after Sergei Skripal, a former spy, had been poisoned.
Russia denies Britain’s accusation and it’s unclear whether Abramovich attends Chelsea games at the moment. He also went to Boston in 2019 to see Chelsea play a friendly against the New England Revolution. This match is part of an anti-racism campaign run by the club, which they hope will help tackle rising antisemitism.