West Ham United have issued a statement condemning the abuse shouted at Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah during the Monday night clash at the London Stadium, and fans have been having their say.
The abuse directed towards the Egypt international came as he prepared to take a corner near a group of home supporters, but at least one individual took the occasion too far.
The fan in question could be heard shouting expletives and taunts based on the winger’s religion, which led to an official club and police investigation.
West Ham completed their investigation into the matter on Thursday, February 7, and issued the following statement:
“After a thorough and immediate investigation following the abhorrent racist abuse aimed at Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah on Monday night, West Ham United can confirm that it has handed evidence to the Metropolitan Police.
“The Club is unequivocal in its stance – such abuse will not be tolerated. There is no place or excuse for this kind of behaviour.”
When shared on the club’s official Twitter page, fans took the opportunity to share their views on the matter…
Well done ???? anyone who calls this banter is wrong and anyone who thinks this is ok should be embarrassed and ashamed!
— Graeme Ivatt (@IvattGraeme) February 7, 2019
Well Done WHU, racism should not be tolerated anywhere. It’s 2019 and times have changed, keep these racist out of our club for good. A small ban is not acceptable it should be a lifetime ban for anybody using racist language at the club I love.
— TheDon (@coachdon45) February 7, 2019
Weed them all out.
— Stuart Jones (@StudiniJones) February 7, 2019
I’ve been to grounds up and down the country and one thing is for certain fans use all sorts of songs and chants to upset the opposition at every ground and it’s always just a couple of fans that start the chants next thing lots join in some is banter and some not it wont change
— Colin keenan (@colinkeenan71) February 7, 2019
Will be interested to see what he gets charged with.
— ☘️Irish Tommy 5280 ⚒️ (@tomster36) February 7, 2019
Someone’s front door will be going through this morning. Instant life ban and probably nicked as well. There’s plenty of ways to disrespect someone without bringing colour race or religion into a football stadium
— Perky Upton ⚒️ (@PerkyUpton) February 8, 2019
If the club can track down the person who shouted the abuse can they track down the seat number of the man who filmed it and find out who sold him a ticket. If a whu fan ban him ,if west ham sold it him through ticket sales Something very wrong with the process if so
— Mark Lowe (@markwhufc66) February 8, 2019
This is good to hear and hope the culprit is caught
After this investigation is complete can you then make a full investigation into how away fans are getting home tickets at London Stadium continuously this season. Needs the club to take seriously before gets out of hand
— ⚒ Paul McMahon ⚒ (@Macca11Paul) February 8, 2019