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West Ham investigate abuse aimed at Salah during Liverpool match

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The Egypt international was filmed on a mobile phone as he was taking a corner.

West Ham have launched an investigation after social media footage emerged of abuse directed at Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah during Monday night’s Premier League match at the London Stadium.

The Egypt international was filmed on a mobile phone from a section of home supporters as he was taking a corner.

The video clip contains audible expletives directed at the Liverpool player, including comments against his Muslim religion.

Mohamed Salah was unable to add to his 16 Premier League goals this season at the London Stadium (Adam Davy/PA)

The user who posted the video on Twitter said: “I was disgusted by what I was hearing. People like this deserve no place in our society let alone football matches. #kickracismout”

Press Association Sport understands the police are aware of the incident.

It is also understood West Ham are taking immediate action to identify the individual or individuals concerned. The club are determined to find those responsible and hand their details over to the police so they can be banned from attending football matches.

The match at the London Stadium finished 1-1 (John Walton/PA)

A West Ham 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.”

Premier League leaders Liverpool drew the match 1-1, which saw hopes dented of putting more pressure on rivals Manchester City in the race for the title.

“Anyone identified committing an offence will have their details passed to the police and will face a lifetime ban from London Stadium”
- West Ham

The Football Association were made aware of the video, which was shared with West Ham for investigation as a matter of urgency, Press Association Sport understands.

The Metropolitan Police are also reviewing the footage as enquiries continue.

“We are aware of a video in which it appears racial abuse is being directed at a player at a West Ham vs Liverpool game at London Stadium on Monday, 4 February,” a statement from the Metropolitan Police said.

“Officers are in the process of reviewing the footage. No arrests have been made and enquiries continue.

“Anyone who witnesses inappropriate behaviour during a match is urged to bring it to the attention of a steward or police officer.”

“We are dismayed to see yet another high-profile incident of discrimination in English football”
- Kick It Out

Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion organisation, offered their support to the investigations.

“We are dismayed to see yet another high-profile incident of discrimination in English football – this time a video of disgraceful anti-Muslim abuse aimed at Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah by a West Ham United supporter,” the anti-discrimination campaign group said in a statement to Press Association Sport.

“We have informed the club, the FA and the UK Football Policing Unit and have offered our support to the investigation, which is already under way.

“We are pleased that West Ham officials have expressed their determination to identify the supporter and take firm action – this type of behaviour is simply unacceptable and must be challenged swiftly and decisively.”



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