West Ham sack Tony Henry following 'unacceptable comments' about African players

Sheri Evans
February 6, 2018

The English Football Association opened a racism investigation into West Ham on Thursday after its player recruitment director was quoting as telling agents the Premier League club would not sign any more African players. And he has been consequently sacked for his discriminating remarks.

"West Ham United will not tolerate any type of discrimination and has, therefore, acted swiftly due to the serious nature of these claims", the east London club said in a statement.

He said: "The comments are wrong. We were signing two players from Africa on deadline day so I can only say they're wrong", Moyes told club website. I find it hard to believe anyone could say we are not a multi-national team who sign good players, the best available.

"I've spoken to one or two of the African players and they seem fine and they've trained well".

"Never, ever, never at all (have I experienced prejudice like that)".

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The former Everton and Sunderland boss recalled his relationship with African stars in his former clubs and even his visit to Nigeria for Joseph Yobo testimonial game in 2016. "I went to his Testimonial in Nigeria a year ago and it was really good", he continued.

"Chicharito" has only started two Premier League games since David Moyes was appointed in November, and the striker also saw his game-time reduce significantly when the Scot became Manchester United manager in 2013. "I brought in Ndong and Mbodji past year at Sunderland".

"I don't think there are many other clubs who have as many African players as West Ham".

"It's just sometimes they cause a lot of problems when they are not playing, as we had with Diafra".

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