West Ham fans warned ahead of derby

West Ham v CardiffWest Ham have sent a letter to every individual attending their London derby at Tottenham on Sunday warning them about their behaviour, as reported by the Daily Mirror.

Last season’s fixture at White Hart Lane was marred by media reports of Nazi chants and inappropriate behaviour from the Hammers fans in the away end.

The FA decided against punishing the East End club but owners David Sullivan and David Gold have taken time to warn any fan that acts inappropriately that they will be banned from attending future games, with a lifetime ban likely.

Anti-Semitic chanting was also an issue last season and Tottenham fans have also been warned that they will be punished if they use the work ‘Yid’ at the game.

An extract from the West Ham letter stated –

“The Club, along with the Metropolitan Police, will continue to adopt a zero tolerance policy towards any form of discriminatory behaviour this year and any fan found to be acting inappropriately – including racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic behaviour – will be punished to the full extent of the law and banned from attending matches.

“West Ham United is rightly proud of its world-famous support home and away and will not allow the reputation of the tens of thousands of Hammers fans who follow the Club over land and sea to be tarnished by any unacceptable conduct from a small minority.”

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