West Ham suspend transfer chief Tony Henry after alleged racist comments against African players

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West Ham have suspended chief transfer negotiator Tony Henry after reports of racist comments against African footballers in an email uncovered by the Daily Mail.

The Guardian now report that West Ham are ‘investigating’ the incident, which involved Henry saying he wasn’t keen on the club bringing in more African players.

The Mail uncovered these messages and also spoke to Henry directly, with him confirming his reasons for not wanting to sign African players.

Due to trouble with former player, Senegal international Diafra Sakho, Henry insisted that while he had nothing against players of African race, he felt his attitude was justified.

West Ham have suspended him and released a statement clarifying their position towards discrimination and equal opportunities at the club in what is the latest in a long line of recent embarrassments for the Hammers.

‘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,’ a club spokesperson is quoted in the Guardian.

Sakho left West Ham this January to join Ligue 1 side Rennes, and Henry’s comments came up when presented with the opportunity to sign an unnamed player of Cameroonian descent.

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