In connection with International Auschwitz Day (Holocaust Day) on January 27, several major Premier League profiles have contributed to a two-minute video. The message in the video is aimed at those who just watch when someone is exposed to hatred and abuse. Images and sound from the Holocaust reinforce the message in the video.
-Today on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we must remember that when we see racism, anti-Semitism, discrimination or hatred, no matter how small and seemingly insignificant it may seem, then we can not just stand and watch. Together we must stand up to it, say the many football profiles in the video.
There has been an increase in racist incidents in football stadiums in recent months and the promoters behind the project say the video addresses “the good people who just stand and watch without doing anything about it”.
The captains of the English men’s and women’s national teams Harry Kane and Steph Houghton are among those who contribute. Virgil van Dijk, Willian, Callum Hudson-Odoi, James Maddison and the leaders Frank Lampard and Jürgen Klopp, writes Jewish News, one of the initiators behind the project.
Other football profiles in the video include Fran Kirby, Fikayo Tomori, Eric Dier, Harry Winks, Jesse Lingard, Leah Williamson, Lukasz Fabianski, Mark Noble, Gary Cahill, Christian Benteke, Lewis Dunk, Glenn Murray, Will Hughes, Nathaniel Chalobah, Phil Jagielka, Gary Lineker and manager Roy Hodgson.
This is the first time so many football profiles have come together to support such an initiative ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The video was shown on a big screen in stadiums across England.
Watch the video here: