Netherlands / District Court The Hague / 398200 Foundation to Combat Anti-Semitism v the football club ADO The Hague

Key facts of the case:

In summary proceedings of the Stichting Bestrijding Antisemitisme [Foundation to Combat Anti-Semitism] against the football club ADO The Hague, the provisional court dictated the football club to immediately take adequate measures to prevent or end anti-Semitic chanting during matches organised by the football club. The Foundation Combat Anti-Semitism went to court in response to anti-Semitic chanting during the match between ADO The Hague and Ajax on 20 March 2011.

Results (sanctions) and key consequences or implications of the case:

The provisional court dictates the football club to immediately take adequate measures to prevent or end anti-Semitic chanting during matches organised by the football club. If necessary, such measures could include shutting down the match.

The implication is that the football club has a responsibility to prevent or end anti-Semitic chanting during matches, and should anticipate organisational and public order problems when doing so.