West Ham United have sacked the club’s Director of player recruitment, Tony Henry, after he said the club did not “want any more Africans.”
He said that African players have bad attitude, especially when they are not given the chance to play.
Reports broke earlier this week about Henry telling agents that West Ham were not interested in buying players from Africa after a bad experience with former striker Diafra Sakho.
Following the statement, the club moved quickly to suspend Henry and finally terminated his contract.
A statement on the club’s website reads, “West Ham United have today terminated the contract of Director of Player Recruitment, Tony Henry, with immediate effect following his unacceptable comments that were widely reported in the press
“Our action follows a full and thorough investigation. ‘West Ham United will not tolerate any type of discrimination.
“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.”
Henry’s email to the agent reads, “We don’t want any more Africans and he’s not good enough.”
Asked by the agent if there was an official club policy on signing African players Henry said “no”, adding “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.
“It’s just sometimes they cause a lot of problems when they are not playing, as we had with Diafra (Sakho). He’s left, so great. It’s nothing personal at all.”