February 12, 2021

The German Football League intends to use the IHRA working definition in the future

Individual Bundesliga clubs have already adopted the working definition of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). Now the German Football League (DFL), the association of professional clubs in the men's 1st and 2nd Bundesliga, founded in 2000, wants to follow suit.

The DFL Presidium unanimously decided on Monday to make the legally non-binding explanation of the term antisemitism adopted in 2016 the basis of the association's work. Hatred of Jews should have no place in football. A common understanding of the phenomenon is a basis for its effective fight, according to the DFL. Formally, the DFL general meeting in March still has to approve the resolution.

Member states The IHRA currently has 34 member states. The Berlin-based organization has set itself the task of promoting education, research and remembrance regarding the Holocaust. Germany currently chairs the IHRA.
In the past few weeks, several professional clubs in the first and second Bundesliga have adopted the working definition, including FC Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Eintracht Frankfurt, 1. FC Köln, FC Schalke 04 and FC St. Pauli.

Premier League In other countries football clubs also mobilize against antisemitism. England is a pioneer: the Premier League there, the counterpart to the DFL, decided to implement the IHRA definition a few weeks ago. Almost all teams in England's first professional league, including Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool, have now joined the initiative.

Bill Bush, executive director of the Premier League, said in December: "Adopting the IHRA working definition will enable us to act more effectively against antisemitic behavior that is directed against our clubs or employees." To make football as inclusive as possible.