Chelsea's campaign to kick anti-Semitism out of football continued on Thursday as they invited inspirational holocaust survivor Harry Spiro to give a talk in front of the first team.
The club launched a new initiative to tackle anti-Semitism earlier this week and the full first-team squad were present at Cobham to meet Spiro as part of the World Jewish Congress #WeRemember campaign.
Hosted in a room usually reserved for tactical discussions, the likes of Cesc Fabregas and David Luiz listened intently as Spiro relived some of the harrowing plight he and his family went through under the Nazis. ‘I have never heard a testimony from a survivor before, and it was an incredible story,’ Cahill said. ‘I am grateful Harry was able to share it with us. You could see everyone was fixated on his story. You found yourself so intrigued as to what he has been through in his life. It’s incredible to imagine for someone like myself who has grown up in a normal environment, the things he has gone through and the pictures he must have in his head growing up as a young boy which you should never, ever see. We feel privileged to have him here and see him and hear his story.' Chelsea have been keen to raise awareness about anti-Semitism after the club were forced to plead with fans to stop singing an offensive chant that referred to Tottenham fans as 'y****'. Cahill admits the club are working hard to eradicate all forms of discrimination from the fan base.
He continued: ‘The Chelsea Foundation’s Building Bridges is important throughout the whole year, but the club have shown we are fully behind this campaign. It is something the club is very passionate about and us as players are very passionate to get behind as well, as you saw today.’ #BlueIsTheColour#CFC#CFCFans#CFCFamily#CFCTillIDie#BPL#EPL#PremierLeague#PreSeason#CFCTour#Champions#ComeOnYouBlues#WearChelsea#PremierLeagueChampions#ChelseaFC#COYB#KTBFFH#IfItsNotBlueItWillBe#CFCArmy#TheBlues#Chelsea_KTBFFH#ChelseaFans#ChelseaKWT#CFCNews#CFCTransfers#CFCTour#AntonioConte#Conte