In a bid to fight anti-Semitism, Chelsea will raise awareness of the Holocaust by visiting Nazi concentration camps next month.
For the second year in a row, delegates of the Premier League side will join the annual March of the Living, but this time they will also link up with Major League Soccer side, New England Revolution.
Chelsea will play a friendly against the MLS team at the Gillette Stadium in Foxboro on 15 May in a match designed to raise funds for charities fighting anti-Semitism and raising awareness of the Holocaust.
Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant, club director Eugene Tenenbaum, chief executive Guy Laurence and club ambassador Steve Redgrave will join the walk from Auschwitz to Birkenau in Poland on 2 May.
“Chelsea is honoured to participate in the March of the Living for the second year in a row,” said Tenenbaum.
“We started this initiative to raise awareness of and tackle anti-Semitism in all its forms more than a year ago and sharing this experience of paying our respects to the millions of Jews who lost their lives in the Holocaust with members of the New England Revolution goes a long way in spreading the message of unity and tolerance.”
The March of the Living will bring together an expected 10,000 people to march from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration camp complex built during the Second World War.
Chelsea and New England will donate $1million each in support of the World Jewish Congress, the Tree of Life synagogue, the Anti-Defamation League and the Holocaust Educational Trust amid the funds raised around their friendly meeting in Massachusetts.
In 2018, Chelsea began their Say No to Anti-Semitism campaign and recently held a fund-raising dinner at Stamford Bridge for the International War Museums’ new Second World War and Holocaust galleries.
As recently as December, Chelsea condemned a minority of their own supporters who sang an anti-Semitic chant during the club’s 2-2 draw with Hungarian side Vidi.
It came with the Blues under scrutiny for the abuse Raheem Sterling received at Stamford Bridge, however, punishment from UEFA was avoided.