Chelsea players visit Holocaust memorial

CHELSEA Football Club players and staff visited the New England Holocaust Memorial, in Boston, on Wednesday.

Joining the Europa League finalists were club officials including chairman Bruce Buck and Major League Soccer side New England Revolution, as they took in the six glass towers which the represent six million Jews killed.

Each of the towers is inscribed with the numbers tattooed on the skin of the victims.

Chelsea were in Massachusetts thanks to an initiative of their owner, Russian Jewish businessman Roman Abramovich, and New England Revolution owner Robert Kraft, who is also Jewish.

They came up with the idea to raise money and awareness for a number of initiatives which tackle discrimination, persecution and hatred, including the World Jewish Congress, the Anti-Defamation League and the Holocaust Educational Trust, after the massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, in October.

Both Abramovich and Kraft have donated £1 million.

Chelsea beat New England Revolution 3-0 on Wednesday night, in a game which was billed as the ‘Final Whistle on Hate’.

Delegations from the two clubs joined thousands of others earlier this month on the annual March of the Living at Auschwitz.

Representing Chelsea were director Eugene Tenenbaum, chief executive Guy Laurence and former manager Avram Grant, as well as under-18 players with their manager Andy Myers and assistant Jon Harley.

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