West Ham suspend director Tony Henry over racism claims

West Ham executive caught discriminating against African players in leaked email

It's nothing against the African race at all.

Asked if there was an official club policy on signing African players Henry said "no" but subsequently added 'It's nothing racist at all.

West Ham United's deadline day ended in acrimony and frustration after their director of player recruitment was reportedly accused of racism and unlawful discrimination, and their hopes of signing a midfielder were dashed by Anderlecht refusing to sell Leander Dendoncker last night. "West Ham United will not tolerate any type of discrimination".

"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. No further comment will be made at this time", read a brief statement.

In the email, Henry allegedly wrote: "We don't want any more Africans and he's not good enough".

"We had problems with Sakho, with Diafra Sakho".

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Athletes from Africa "cause mayhem" when they are not part of the team, the director allegedly claimed. Not only is it incredibly prejudicial to grouping players racially into any standardized set of behaviors, but to outright say you're not considering African players as potential additions to your team? There's not a problem with them.

Expanding on his position, he said: "It's just sometimes they can have a bad attitude. It's nothing personal at all".

He initially replied "no", only to then change his answer.

West Ham now have six senior players of African origin on their books, including Nigerian-born Italian global Angelo Ogbonna and new loanee Joao Mario, a Portuguese worldwide of Angolan origin.

The Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) welcomed West Ham's move to suspend Henry and expressed its concern over the allegations. He said: "I could say we get offered Russian players". The PFA strongly condemn any such views and there is no place for them in football.

He cited the behaviour of former striker Diafra Sakho, a Senegal global, as one of the reasons behind the stance - which leaves West Ham open to allegations they break discrimination laws.


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