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West Ham suspends Tony Henry over claims of racism

He is alleged to have told agents the club did not want to sign any African players.

West Ham's stadium in Stratford, east London
West Ham's stadium in Stratford, east London PA

West Ham United have suspended their head of player recruitment amid accusations of racism.

Tony Henry is alleged to have told agents the club did not want to sign any African players in the transfer window.

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Pressed on the claim by the Daily Mail, Henry is reported to have said West Ham wanted to limit the number of African players because have "a bad attitude" and "cause mayhem".

He denied his comments were racist.

He said: "It's nothing racist at all. 

"It's just sometimes they can have a bad attitude. 

Diafra Sakho, West Ham United
Diafra Sakho, West Ham United PA

"We had problems 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."

West Ham - who have a number of first-team players of African descent - announced on Thursday morning that Henry had been suspended pending a full investigation.

West Ham United will not tolerate any type of discrimination and has, therefore, acted swiftly due to the serious nature of these claims.
West Ham statement

An official statement said: "West Ham United will not tolerate any type of discrimination and has, therefore, acted swiftly due to the serious nature of these claims."

The furore caps a less than ideal transfer window for the club, who missed out on a number of targets as they fight to avoid relegation.

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