West Ham fans have been captured on a video hurling anti-Semitic slurs at a Jewish man on a Ryanair flight.
In the video, which was watched by over 100,000 people within the first few hours of it being posted, several Hammers fans can be seen singing an anti-Semitic football chant at a Jewish man who was boarding the flight to Belgium.
The chant is typically sung at rival Tottenham Hotspur fans as an insult and reference to the Jewish ownership of the club.
In a statement released to My London today (Friday, November 5), a spokesperson for West Ham United 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 fans on the Ryanair flight were on their way to Belgium to watch West Ham United play against Belgian side RC Genk in a Europa League tie.
Around 1,200 Hammers fans travelled to the match at the Cegeka Arena, where their side drew 2-2 to secure a place in the tournament’s knockout stages.
Just last month, West Ham United manager David Moyes encouraged fans to behave themselves while travelling to attend matches in Europe.
“We want to be welcomed all over Europe,” Moyes said. “Not only to get into the tournaments but we want to be invited to the competitions or the pre-season tournaments that take place, whether they are in Germany or anywhere else.
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“We want to be a club that people want to invite because of the football and because of the support.
“But I’ll tell you another reason. My dad, my wife and my family are all going to travel to all the away games to support West Ham.
“My dad’s eighty-odd and I want him to feel that he can go and have a few beers with the supporters. I want him to feel he can get to games and feel there’s no problem.
“So wherever that is, that’s the way we want it to be. As supporters who want to go and follow West Ham, we couldn’t wait to hear the draw.
“Where were we going? Vienna, what other countries? Croatia, Zagreb. So we want to be going to enjoy the trip as well. We want to see the team win but we want to get a couple of days away and enjoy it.
“So we need everybody to be pulling in the right direction. We want to be the good West Ham.”
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