West Ham ‘appalled’ by fans’ antisemitic chant

Posted on

West Ham say they are “appalled” by a video on social media which appears to show a group of the club’s supporters directing an antisemitic chant at a Jewish man on a flight to Belgium.

Footage emerged on social media on Thursday night which appeared to show fans singing the chant on a flight ahead of West Ham’s Europa League match against Genk.

West Ham have pledged to identify those responsible and issue indefinite bans from the club.

“West Ham United is appalled by the contents of the video circulating on social media and condemn the behaviour of the individuals involved,” a club spokesperson said.

“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.”

Chief executive officer of Kick it Out, Tony Burnett, urged the club to take strong action against those responsible.

In a statement, he said: “Kick It Out was appalled to see the video circulating on social media of West Ham fans singing an incredibly offensive chant at a Jewish man on a flight to Belgium yesterday. We must not shy away from calling this what it is. The actions of those fans were antisemitic and football must condemn them as such.

“Antisemitism, as much as any other form of discrimination, must not be tolerated in our game, or anywhere in our society. Kick It Out recently formed an antisemitism working group, chaired by Lord Mann, to address issues within football. This incident clearly highlights the considerable work that still needs to be done in order to tackle the hate, driven by antisemitism.

“We encourage West Ham, along with the airline and the relevant authorities to identify those responsible and ensure the strongest possible action is taken against them.”

In 2019, West Ham vowed to ban a group of supporters who were filmed engaging in antisemitic chants ahead of a Premier League match at Manchester United.

The group were filmed singing an abusive song about rivals Tottenham on a tram before the match at Old Trafford.

Kick It Out reporting racism

Online Reporting Form | Kick It Out

Kick It Out is football’s equality and inclusion organisation – working throughout the football, educational and community sectors to challenge discrimination, encourage inclusive practices and campaign for positive change.

Read More

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *