West Ham and police investigate anti-Semitic chanting as Hammers vow to ban fans for life

The minority of West Ham fans are under investigation (Image: GETTY)

And Manchester police have also launched a search for the fans filmed on social media chanting the songs on a tram on the way to the game.

It is the latest incident of racial abuse to hit English football, after Chelsea fans were filmed singing Islamophobic songs about Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah earlier last week.

West Ham, who called the scenes “disgusting,” will ban for life any fans who they identify as having been involved.

And on Sunday night Greater Manchester Police said in a statement: “We are aware of a video circulating on social media which shows West Ham United fans chanting anti-Semitic abuse prior to yesterday’s fixture at Old Trafford.

Detective Chief Inspector Rebecca Boyce said: “Racism of any kind has no place in our society and I would like to reassure the public that we are taking this matter extremely seriously.

“Here in Manchester we pride ourselves on making sure fans from far and wide are welcomed, and it is disappointing that a small few have brought shame to football in this way.

“Let me really clear – racial abuse will not be tolerated and anyone that partakes on this kind of behaviour can expect to be investigated by the police.

“We welcome West Ham’s statement, which quite rightly condemns theses disgusting and abhorrent slurs, and we will endeavour to work closely with them to identify those in the video.”

West Ham and police investigate anti-Semitic chanting as Hammers vow to ban fans for life

Chelsea fans were recorded chanting about Mo Salah last week (Image: GETTY)

Meanwhile, West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has bemoaned his side’s luck with injuries following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Manchester United.

Pellegrini agreed, but claimed an average absence of six players per game this season had held them back from realising their full potential.

“Yes, of course [11th place is a false position], but it’s not so big, the frustration, because if you review our games we’ve an average of six players injured in every game,” said Pellegrini.

“Important players like Carlos Sanchez, Andriy Yarmolenko, today Marko Arnautovic, Jack Wilshere and Samir Nasri.

West Ham and police investigate anti-Semitic chanting as Hammers vow to ban fans for life

Manuel Pellegrini was disappointed in the result on Saturday (Image: GETTY)

“So I think, with the response of the rest of the players, it’s not a bad season.

“Maybe we could have some more points, but we’ve had too many injuries this season. The same players have played all the games and, of course, some of their performances have not been good.

“But I always demand from the players that we have the personality and the mentality of a big team and that we go for the game from the first minute, pressing high.

“We did that. We had the ball, we had good possession. After that we created chances, but unfortunately for us, the referee did not give us the best decisions. But we demonstrated that we can grow more at this club.”


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