West Ham’s Tony Henry accused of racism
Thursday morning started with appalling allegations made against West Ham United.
With the club already suffering a split between the owners and supporters, West Ham are now being accused of racism.
That’s after Tony Henry, the club’s director of transfers, stated the Hammers don’t want to sign any African players because “they cause mayhem”.
Emails between Henry and agents during the January transfer window have been published by the Daily Mail.
For the record, West Ham have reacted quickly to the Mail’s revelations as Tony Henry has been suspended from his post.
An investigation will now take place at the London Stadium.
Tony Henry: African players ’cause mayhem’
In his emails, Tony Henry made the following claims:
We don’t want any more Africans… We had three and we felt we didn’t particularly want any more African players.
It’s nothing racist at all. It’s just sometimes they can have a bad attitude.
We had problems with Sakho, with Diafra Sakho. We find that when they are not in the team they cause mayhem. It’s nothing against the African race at all.
I mean, look, there are top African players. There’s not a problem with them. It’s just sometimes they cause a lot of problems when they are not playing, as we had with Diafra. He’s left, so great. It’s nothing personal at all.
Diafra Sakho: ‘West Ham don’t want black players’
On Thursday morning, Diafra Sakho’s reaction to the West Ham racism case has spread on social media.
Having now joined Rennes, Sakho has posted his reaction on SnapChat.
Sahko has denied all claims of wrongdoing at the Hammers. Instead he fired back calling the Irons ‘liars… (who) pretend I am bad’.
In an explosive allegation, he went on to say:
They (are) scared and now everyone (is) gonna see why I wanna leave this club… They don’t want black players.
Did someone mention there is a racism problem at West Ham?
Did someone say the truth will come out?
Did someone say I’ll make you WH fans know the truth?@iamdiafrasakho he’ll say what he wants!
Still all about my ego? Or just me helping expose the frauds that own the club? pic.twitter.com/sCbxpabdum
— Baz Cox ⚒ (@Baz1980WHU) February 1, 2018
Of course, West Ham have six first-team stars who are of African descent.
Those players are Cheikhou Kouyate (Senegal), Pedro Obiang (Equatorial Guinea), Joao Mario (Angola), Angelo Ogbonna (Nigeria), Arthur Masuaku (DR Congo) and Edimilson Fernandes (Cape Verde).
— joe harris⚒ (@1joeee) February 1, 2018
Also see: West Ham suffer ‘season ending’ injury blow.