West Ham United suspend director of player recruitment over racism allegations

West Ham suspends director of player recruitment over racism allegations

West Ham has suspended its director of player recruitment

Thursday, February 1, 2018

West Ham United have suspended the club's director of player recruitment after he was accused of both racism and unlawful discrimination.

The club is now conducting a "full and thorough investigation” into Tony Henry, according to The Guardian. The FA is also looking into the incident.

The Daily Mail claimed the man had told agents West Ham would not be signing African players. When Henry was asked about his he allegedly claimed they “cause mayhem” and "have a bad attitude.”

The chairman of Kick It Out, which campaigns against racism in football, has suggested an email sent to a West Ham official by Henry, discussing a player from Cameroon, may be against the law.

But the director of player recruitment allegedly said there was "nothing racist at all" in what he said, but admitted he thinks African players sometimes "can have a bad attitude. We had problems with Sakho, with Diafra Sakho."

He also reportedly said: "We find that when they are not in the team they cause mayhem. It’s nothing against the African race at all.”

A spokesperson for the football club said it would not "tolerate any type of discrimination," adding that the "West Ham United family is an inclusive one."

The FA may ask for the emails to be provided as well as other documents whilst it investigates the matter.

West Ham have been praised by the Professional Footballers’ Association for suspending Henry in light of the allegations.