West Ham United investigating reports of homophobic chant flyers
PUBLISHED: 11:38 27 October 2016
West Ham United has confirmed they will be investigating the alleged distribution of discriminatory flyers from supporters.
The sheet was reportedly being circulated outside the London Stadium ahead of last night’s EFL Cup clash, encouraging fans to sing a chant containing homophobic references to two Chelsea players.
West Ham’s LGBT supporters’ group, Pride of Irons, has also condemned the song sheet – which the Recorder has seen but chosen not to reproduce.
A West Ham United spokesperson said: “West Ham United are completely and utterly committed to tackling all forms of discrimination in football.
“Working with the Metropolitan Police Service, the club will be investigating the alleged distribution of these flyers, and will take the strongest possible action against those responsible.”
Alastair Holmes, a spokesman for Pride of Irons, added: “West Ham United have been very supportive towards our group and we trust that the club will be taking action to identify and deal with the situation.
“We have received a number of messages from our members and followers and know that these homophobic views are not representative of the vast majority of West Ham United supporters.”
Supporters who were offended by the material are being encouraged to raise their concerns with the club, the Metropolitan Police and Kick It Out.
Anyone with any information on who produced or distributed the song sheet should contact the police on 101.