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Hammers in racism row

west-ham-united-crest.jpgWest Ham United find themselves entangled in a racist row. Hammers fans have been reportedly filmed singing anti-Semitic songs during their Premiership defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at Upton Park on Sunday, and as a result the club face a police and FA investigation.

A video showed a group of Hammers fans singing a song referring to Spurs’ large Jewish fanbase.

“We take this very seriously and we expect anybody identified on the video to be dealt with harshly by the club,” an FA spokesman said on Tuesday.

“We will be contacting West Ham to hear their version of events. We will make it very clear that we want no repeat of this kind of thing.”

The have also opened investigations into the alleged racism charge.

“Officers from the public order football unit are investigating a complaint of an anti-Semitic video being shown on an internet site,” a police spokeswoman said.

“The film appeared to have been made at the West Ham versus Spurs match on Sunday. We contacted the website and requested the removal of the film.”

Although West Ham chairman Eggert Magnusson had praised the support from their fans during Sunday’s match,now the club say that they are aware of the allegation and reiterated their stand against racism in football.

“Following video evidence of spectators chanting racist abuse during our Premiership match against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, West Ham United would like to make it clear that we are taking the matter very seriously,” a club statement read.

“We are a leading campaigner in the Kick Racism Out of Football campaign and will not tolerate racist behaviour of any kind at Upton Park.

“We will investigate this matter fully, attempt to identify the perpetrators and take the appropriate action.”

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1 Comment»

  NI Yiddo wrote @

West Ham have always been racist. Things aren’t going to change because of one or two videos proving it. Most London clubs around us sing anti-Semitic songs to try and get to us, but we take pride in being Yids, even Jewish Spurs fans do, meaning it’ll never get to us.

Still, there’s a difference between us celebrating a great goal and a West Ham fan chanting about Nazi’s etc…

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