West Ham: Club vow to ban fans who engaged in antisemitic chanting in Manchester – Sky News


West Ham are “disgusted” after a video of their fans chanting an antisemitic song on a Manchester tram was circulated online.

The video shows a group of fans chanting an abusive song, aimed at London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, whilst on a tram in Manchester, ahead of their game against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Its the latest in a string of racist incidents that have dogged the sport over the last few weeks.

West Ham players celebrate after scoring at Old Trafford on Saturday
West Ham players celebrate after scoring at Old Trafford on Saturday

In a statement, West Ham said: “We are disgusted by the contents of the video circulating on social media this evening.

“We are taking immediate action to try to identify the offenders, whose details we will be handing over to the police and will be banned for life from London Stadium and from travelling with the club.

“West Ham United is unequivocal in its stance – there is no place for this kind of behaviour at our club. We do not want people like this associated with West Ham United.

“They are not welcome at our club, they are not welcome in civilised society.”

Research by Sky Sports News suggests nine in ten fans have witnessed racist behaviour at football matches in the UK.

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On Thursday, three Chelsea fans were turned away from the stadium in Prague after they were identified as being allegedly involved in chanting racist abuse about Egypt and Liverpool player striker Mo Salah.

On the same night, Arsenal condemned abuse directed at Napoli player Kalidou Koulibaly at the Emirates stadium, and said they would hand the perpetrator a lifetime ban.

In a statement on Saturday, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said: “In recent days, it has been very sad to see a number of racist incidents in football. This is really not acceptable.

“Racism has no place in football, just as it has no place in society either.

“FIFA stands together with Prince Gouano, Kalidou Koulibaly, Raheem Sterling, Danny Rose, as well as any other player, coach, fan or participant in a football match who has suffered from racism, whether at the highest professional level or in a school playground. Racism needs to end. Full stop.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino
FIFA president Gianni Infantino

“We introduced the so-called ‘three-step procedure’ at our tournaments: a mechanism that allows referees to go as far as to abandon a match in case of discriminatory incidents.

“FIFA urges all member associations, leagues, clubs and disciplinary bodies to adopt the same procedure, as well as a zero-tolerance approach to incidents of racism in football, and to apply harsh sanctions for any such kind of behaviour.”

Last month, England star Raheem Sterling faced chanting by Montenegro fans in their Euro 2020 qualifier.



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