Anti-Semitism In Football: How Serious Is It Now?

A seminar as part of the Birkbeck Sport Business Centre Public Seminar Series

Given by: Jonathan Metliss, Action Against Discrimination (AAD)

Malet Street Building
Birkbeck College
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX
Monday 12th December 2016 at 6pm

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Attendance at the event is free but you need TO REGISTER.


There has recently been a rise in the number of anti-semitic incidents at football matches as reported by Kick It Out, the anti-racism and anti-discrimination organisation. Many specfic incidents have also been widely reported in the media, for example in the run-up to the 2015 Capital One Cup Final between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. One of Britiain’s most influential sport journalists, Henry Winter, has recently discussed the challenges of addressing the problem in The Times newspaper.

Jonathan Metliss has enjoyed a long career as a City of London lawyer. During that time he has also been involved in a number of sport-related businesses; for example he was a director of ENIC who held a controlling interest in many major football clubs notably Tottenham Hotspur. Jonathan has also been a long-time anti-discrimination/anti-racism in football activist, and for many years was a member of football’s anti-racism body Kick It Out; and is Chairman of Action against Discrimination (AAD) a charity which he established  to combat racism in football. In this seminar Jonathan, drawing on the dicussions at a recent debate organised by AAD in which leading figures in the football industrydebated the issue of anti-semitisim in football,discusses a critical question:

  • Anti-Semitism – how serious is it now?


Jonathan Metliss a lawyer and consultant with City of London law firm Howard Kennedy LLP. He is one of the City of London’s best-known lawyers, being one of the founding partners of City law firm SJ Berwin in 1982.  He specialises in corporate finance with an emphasis on takeovers, acquisitions, financings, flotations and joint ventures, with particular expertise in the real estate, retail and leisure sectors.

He has over his 45-year career been involved in some of the UK’s largest corporate transactions, including British Land’s acquisition of The Broadgate Estate, the £1.17bn acquisition of the Meadowhall Shopping Centre in Sheffield, the acquisition of Adidas by Robert Louis-Dreyfus and Maurice Saatchi, the disposal of the interest of Joe Lewis in Christies, the privatisation of the Pentland Group, and the takeovers of Tottenham Hotspur FC in the early 1980s and 2000.

He is also a consultant to Nexus Investment Ventures, part of Harry Hyman’s Nexus Group, which specialises in raising money for Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) qualifying companies.

Jonathan has a variety of other interests including being a Governor of The Technion in Israel, one of the world’s leading technology institutions, a campaigner against racism in sport, where he was a member of the Advisory Group Kick It Out, and a trustee of The Langdon Foundation assisting children with special needs.


Seminar Series Details

For further details on this seminar series contact:

Sean Hamil
Department of Management
Birkbeck College
Malet Street

Tel: 020 7631 6763


Twitter: @Birkbecksport

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