West Ham sack head of recruitment following alleged criticism of African players

West Ham sack head of recruitment following alleged criticism of African players

However, two terrific second-half goals from Pascal Gross and Jose Izquierdo condemned what has been a terrible week for West Ham after Tony Henry revealed he wanted to restrict the number of African players the club signed.

West Ham says it is an inclusive club "where, regardless of gender, age, ability, race, religion or orientation, everybody feels welcome and included". Anti-discrimination organization Kick It Out Chair Herman Ouseley described a leaked email sent by Henry as "potentially unlawful".

West Ham are in somewhat of an injury crisis at the moment with the in-form Manuel Lanzini and Marko Arnautovic both on the sidelines. However, the Seagulls, despite finding goals hard to come by, had settled reasonably well into life in the top-flight, particularly on their own ground where they had lost just three of their previous twelve Premier League fixtures. Sensational strikes from Jose Izquierdo and Pascal Gross ensured the south coast outfit all three points, but it was the manner in which West Ham gifted the opportunities which disappointed Moyes the most. "The PFA strongly condemn any such views and there is no place for them in football", said a PFA statement. I am [lion], they scared and now everyone gonna see why I wanna leave this club.

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"Show all fans what is true". They don't want black players. One by one we going out. Good luck all West Ham fans. "Then, in the summer, we will see". "I believe [in] justice".

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"We sign good, quality players - it doesn't matter where they are from", said Moyes, who added that the mood in the Hammers' squad, which has six players of African descent, had not been affected by the controversy.

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