The management of West Ham United have suspended director of player recruitment Tony Henry, after he got involved in racism row over claims he said African players “cause mayhem”.
The embattled director reportedly sent out an email on January 27 explaining that the club don’t want to sign players from the continent this transfer window according to Mirror Sport.
According to further reports from the source, a West Ham spokesman said: “The Club can confirm that Director of Player Recruitment Tony Henry has been suspended pending a full and thorough investigation. West Ham United will not tolerate any type of discrimination and has, therefore, acted swiftly due to the serious nature of these claims.
“The West Ham United family is an inclusive one where, regardless of gender, age, ability, race, religion or sexual orientation, everybody feels welcome and included.
“The Club will make no further comment until the investigation has been concluded.” Mirror Sport reported.
West Ham currently have six senior players of African origin on their books, including Nigerian-born Italian international Angelo Ogbonna and new loanee Joao Mario, a Portuguese international of Angolan origin.
But according to the Daily Mail, who claim to have a leaked copy of the email, Henry sent to another West Ham official and an agent an email in which he reportedly wrote: “We don’t want any more Africans and he’s not good enough,” over a potential recruit.
When confronted by the paper on whether there was any policy towards African players Mr Henry originally said “no.”
However when confronted over the report Tony said: “It’s nothing racist at all. It’s just sometimes they can have a bad attitude.
“We find that when they are not in the team they cause mayhem. It’s nothing against the African race at all.