Hungarian football club Ferencváros TC (FTC) has joined the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea FC in adopting the IHRA working definition of antisemitism.
“By this [initiative], we aim to strengthen the resolve of the Jewish community and support the common international work. Our club states the adoption the definition of antisemitism by IHRA, which states that antisemitism and all forms of racism and xenophobia constitute an attack on democracy and is contrary to our values of human rights, equality, freedom, respect of human dignity, regardless of identity, origin or belief,” a statement from the club read.
The president of the Federation of Hungarian communities, András Heisler, welcomed the news: “I was glad to hear that FTC has joined the IHRA’s campaign against antisemitism and declared to adopt the principles of the IHRA document’s on antisemitism definition. The FTC has always played an important role in Hungarian sports life, which carries a significant responsibility.”
I find the openness and commitment of FTC in the fight against intolerance in the past years exemplary. Let me therefore render my thanks to the whole Fradi-family and the club leadership,” wrote Mr. Heisler to FTC chairman Gábor Kubatov.
Ferencváros are the current champions of the Hungarian League (NB), and qualified this year for the first time in 25 years to the group stage of the UEFA Champions league.