West Ham Fire Tony Henry Over Racist Remarks

02 February, 2018, 21:49 | Author: Marjorie Miles
  • West Ham boss in racism row

Diafra Sakho, who left West Ham to join French club Rennes last month, has accused his former club of being racist and of "not wanting black players".

The English Football Association opened a racism investigation into West Ham on Thursday after its player recruitment director was quoting as telling agents the Premier League club would not sign any more African players.

'Our action follows a full and thorough investigation. And in reference to the "African players" scandal, he says that there were never any race issues at the club during the period in which he was an employee.

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"The Club will make no further comment until the investigation has been concluded".

He is said to have 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.

It is later claimed he said: "Sometimes they can have a bad attitude". We find that when they are not in the team they cause mayhem.

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Henry insisted the policy had "nothing against the African race at all".

It is alleged Henry said: "We had problems with Diafra Sakho. It's nothing personal at all".

Mr Henry allegedly made the remarks to a newspaper after it obtained a leaked email in which he is reported to have written: "We don't want any more Africans".

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When matters arose, they were reviewed in accordance with these policies, and appropriate action was taken. "This complaint was no exception".

Senegal striker Diafra Sakho left the club in the January transfer window to join Rennes, with Ghana worldwide Andre Ayew heading to Swansea.

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