Bundesliga football club Borussia Dortmund was honoured with an award for its "extraordinary contributions to the fight against anti-Semitism in sport" at the annual meeting of European mayors, which took place on Thursday evening and adopted "Summit against anti-Semitism" as its motto.

The award was presented to BVB Managing Director Carsten Cramer by the Anti-Semitism Commissioner of the United Kingdom, Lord John Mann, and representatives of the Combat Anti-Semitism Movement. The award ceremony took place at the "Phoenix des Lumières" art centre in Dortmund, a former gas blower hall of the Phoenix West blast furnace plant.

In his laudatory speech, Lord Mann said: "Through its work, Borussia Dortmund has managed to involve the fan community, all the loyal spectators, in the club's efforts against anti-Semitism. BVB does far more than just send good messages. It involves people in its work against anti-Semitism and achieves a real effect in the process."

In his acceptance speech, Carsten Cramer emphasised that the award was "an appreciative recognition of our intensive work and makes us proud". Borussia Dortmund's Managing Director continued: "We carry out this work with full conviction. The fight against anti-Semitism and the commitment towards Jewish life as well as the remembrance of the Holocaust are part of our club's DNA. We invite all people to join us on this path."