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West Ham suspend Tony Henry amid racism claims

PICTURED: Tony Henry (Photo credit: West Ham)

WEST HAM have suspended director of player recruitment Tony Henry following accusations of racism and unlawful discrimination.

A report by the Daily Mail alleged Henry told agents the club did not want to sign any African players in the transfer window. Asked for a response by the paper, Henry is reported to have explained West Ham wanted to limit their number of African players because “they have a bad attitude” and “cause mayhem” when they are not in the team.

According to The Guardian,a West Ham United spokesman said: “The club can confirm that director of player recruitment Tony Henry has been suspended pending a full and thorough investigation. West Ham United will not tolerate any type of discrimination and has, therefore, acted swiftly due to the serious nature of these claims.

“The West Ham United family is an inclusive one where, regardless of gender, age, ability, race, religion or sexual orientation, everybody feels welcome and included. The club will make no further comment until the investigation has been concluded.”

Kick It Out chief Lord Ouseley said: “That is clearly unacceptable. Secondly, it’s unlawful to make a statement like that. It’s clearly ­discriminatory and I would expect that club to take the necessary action.”

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