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Two West Ham fans suspended after antisemitic chant

Sun 07 November 2021 | 18:20

Two West Ham fans were suspended from going to games after being arrested for alleged antisemitism and the police are investigating the issue.

Police arrested a 55-year-old man at Stansted Airport on Friday after a video was shared on social media showing

West Ham

fans singing an antisemitic song towards a Jewish man on the flight.

A 26-year-old man, who was on suspicion of having done a hate crime, was also arrested by the Essex Police, but the duo have been released on bail until December 1.

The video was released on Thursday and it showed fans on a plane to Belgium singing an offensive song as the Jewish man was going to take his seat.

The supporters were going to West Ham’s battle against

Genk

in the Europa League which resulted in a 2-2 draw.

West Ham manager David Moyes has condemned the video footage.

Their draw with Genk was Moyes’ 1000th game as a manager which also secured his side’s qualification in the Europa League group stage and he said:

"I have to say first of all that I don't see our football club being like that. We are a diverse football club. There's no room for discrimination anywhere.

"I'm really disappointed to hear about it. I'm sure it's only individuals and not a big section of supporters. I'm just sorry to hear about it.

"I want this football club to be recognised for having a really good football team. I want this football club to be recognised as being a great club in London and well respected.

"We have incredible supporters who follow us home and away but I don't want any labels connected to this whatsoever - discrimination or racism, none at all. We don't want to be associated with supporters like this. I want us to fully move on from this."

West Ham also condemned the video and promised to punish the fans identified with a ban.

A club spokesperson said:

"West Ham United is appalled by the contents of the video circulating on social media and condemn the behaviour of the individuals involved.

"The club is liaising with the airline and relevant authorities to identify the individuals.

"We continue to be unequivocal in our stance - we have a zero-tolerance approach to any form of discrimination. Any individuals identified will be issued with an indefinite ban from the club.

"Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of the football club and we do not welcome any individuals who do not share those values."


source: SportMob

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