West Ham promise to ban anti-Semitic fans


West Ham have confirmed that they will hand over bans indefinitely to fans who were filmed singing an anti-Semitic song against a Jewish man on a plane.

David Moye’s team drew 2-2 away against Genk in the Europa League on Thursday thanks to a second half from Said Benrahma, with pictures appearing shortly before the match of a group of fans chanting the offensive song apparently on board a flight to Belgium.

The victim can be seen walking along Ryanair’s plane while various men sing and record video on their mobile phones.

A West Ham spokesman said in a statement: “West Ham United are appalled at the content of the video circulating on social media and condemning the behavior of the individuals involved. The club is in contact with the airline and relevant authorities to identify the individuals.

“We continue to be unequivocal in our stance – we have zero tolerance for all forms of discrimination. All identified individuals will be suspended indefinitely from the club.

“Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of the football club and we do not welcome individuals who do not share these values.”

West Ham similarly promised to ban a group of supporters who engaged in anti-Semitic songs on a tram back in 2019 before a Premier League match against Manchester United.

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