West Ham have launched an investigation after the emergence of social media footage where abuse was being directed towards Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah during Monday night’s Premier League clash at the London Stadium
The Egypt international appeared was being filmed on mobile phones by a part of the home audience when taking a corner, and that is when audible expletives directed at the Liverpool star could be heard from West ham’s fans, which included comments against his Muslim religion.
The social media user who posted the video on Twitter had this to say: “I was disgusted by what I was hearing. People like this deserve no place in our society let alone football matches. #kickracismout”
Police were made aware of the incident, and apparently, West Ham have also taken immediate action to identify the person or individuals responsible for such a reprehensible act. The club really want to find these miscreants and hand over their details to the police so that appropriate action can be taken and they can be banned from attending football matches.
A West Ham United spokesperson said: “At West Ham United, we have a zero tolerance policy to any form of violent or abusive behaviour. We are an inclusive football club. Regardless of age, race, religion or belief, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment or disability, everyone is warmly welcomed at London Stadium.
“Anyone identified committing an offence will have their details passed to the police and will face a lifetime ban from London Stadium. There is no place for this kind of behaviour at our stadium.”
Liverpool’s lead at the top of the Premier League table was trimmed to three points after the Anfield club were held to a 1-1 draw by the Hammers, a result which dented the club’s hopes of heaping more pressure on rivals Manchester City in the race for the title.
Racism and religious abuse has for long been a despicable act that has forced itself upon not only football and sport, but life and society in general, and it is sad that people still plumb to such depths just because they have delusional ideologies or thoughts. The hope is that those who took it upon themselves to abuse Salah and his religion be caught soon and be banned from watching any more football at stadiums, apart from being handed the appropriate punishment by law.