West Ham promise bans over anti-semitic song on plane to Belgium

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West Ham have condemned the behaviour of supporters alleged to have directed anti-Semitic chants towards a Jewish man and have pledged to ban those involved from the club.

Footage circulated on social media yesterday appearing to show West Ham supporters targeting the man on a flight to Belgium, where the Hammers were playing Genk, chanting offensive songs as he walked down the aisle.

The club are working with the relevant authorities and have vowed any individuals identified in the video will be banned from the club.

A West Ham spokesperson said: “West Ham United is appalled by the contents of the video circulating on social media and condemn the behaviour of the individuals involved.

“The club is liaising with the airline and relevant authorities to identify the individuals.

“We continue to be unequivocal in our stance - we have a zero-tolerance approach to any form of discrimination. Any individuals identified will be issued with an indefinite ban from the club.

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

The east Londoners, who were fined €60,000 by UEFA following crowd trouble during their home game against Rapid Vienna in September, could face another fine from the governing body after three flares were thrown from the away end during their 2-2 draw with Genk last night.

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