Bad­diels use film to tackle foot­ball hate

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY ROBYNROSEN

CO­ME­DIAN DAVID Bad­diel and his writer brother, Ivor, are mak­ing a short film in a bid to curb an­tisemitism in foot­ball.

The Y Word is a two-minute film which will fea­ture Premier­ship foot­ballers and high­light the use of the word “Yid” in foot­ball chants.

The broth­ers, both keen Chelsea fans, are now round­ing up foot­ballers to fea­ture in the film, which has the back­ing of the FA, the Pro­fes­sional Foot­ballers’ As­so­ci­a­tion, the Premier League and cam­paign­ers Kick Racism out of Foot­ball. The plan is to screen it be­fore matches with a likely com­ple­tion early next year.

Ivor Bad­diel, 46, said that af­ter years of hear­ing an­ti­semitic chants at foot­ball matches, he snapped at a match last year and con­fronted a fan who was shout­ing “F**k the Jews”.

Mr Bad­diel said: “Ev­ery Lon­don foot­ball fan has heard those kinds of chants. It’s one of the few times in my life that I cracked and told him to shut up. Af­ter­wards I was ex­pect­ing a knife in my back, I was ter­ri­fied.

“That was the straw that broke the camel’s back and spurred me to make this film.”

He said that at other matches he had heard an­ti­semitic songs and even fans hiss­ing to im­i­tate gas cham­bers.

He said: “In the 21st cen­tury, we strive to have a cul­ture that has ze­ro­tol­er­ance for any form of racism. It’s a noble aim and this film will try to con­trib­ute to that.

“We think this is an is­sue that needs dis­cussing and we hope the film will spark a de­bate.”

Mr Bad­diel said that the chants were not just aimed at Tot­ten­ham fans who call them­selves the “Yid Army” due to the club’s rep­u­ta­tion of hav­ing a Jewish fan­base.

He said: “If it was any other racist word, p e o p l e w o u l d be up in arms.

“ S o m e p e o p l e think i t’ s just a lighth e a r t e d chant by Tot­ten­ham fans, but

David ( left) and Ivor Bad­diel; foot­baller Yossi Be­nay­oun ( right)

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