Racism in football: West Ham condemn fans filmed singing anti-Semitic chant prior to Manchester United match


Racism in football: West Ham condemn fans filmed singing anti-Semitic chant prior to Manchester United match

West Ham have condemned all forms of racism and vowed to ban for life a group of supporters filmed engaging in anti-Semitic chanting prior to Saturday’s Premier League defeat by Manchester United.

In the latest in a series of incidents of racist abuse this week, the fans were filmed singing an abusive song about rivals Tottenham on a tram prior to the Hammers’ match at Old Trafford.

The video shows a group of supporters singing a song which includes the phrase ‘f***ing Jews’

Footage of the song was widely shared of social media.

Shortly after the footage appeared, West Ham issued a statement which read: “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.”

Equality and inclusion organisation Kick It Out tweeted: “We received a report of a video of a group of West Ham fans chanting vile antisemitic abuse today. We welcome the swift and positive response of @WestHamUtd and support the club’s determination to ban the perpetrators.”

On Thursday night Chelsea denied three individuals entry to their Europa League match at Slavia Prague after they were identified as being involved in a social media video which included a racially abusive chant about Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah.

On the same night, Arsenal condemned racist abuse directed at Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly during their Europa League win at the Emirates Stadium, and also said they would issue its perpetrator a life ban.

The recent spate of incidents of racial abuse have prompted FIFA president Gianni Infantino to urge everyone in the game to adopt a zero tolerance approach – and give referees the power to abandon matches.