David Moyes condemns West Ham fans who sang anti-Semitic chants at Orthodox Jewish man on Ryanair flight to Belgium ahead of Europa League match with Genk as Hammers pledge to issue indefinite bans to the culprits
- Footage emerged of West Ham fans on a flight to Belgium singing anti-Semitic chants at an Orthodox Jewish man as he took his seat
- The fans were heading to Genk for the Hammers’ Europa League fixture
- The club have vowed to ban the supporters found responsible indefinitely
- Manager David Moyes also condemned the abuse when speaking on Friday
- West Ham host Liverpool in a Premier League fixture this Sunday
West Ham manager David Moyes has condemned the anti-Semitic chanting directed towards a passenger on a Ryanair flight to Genk, insisting this minority of ignorant fans do not represent the club.
Footage was circulated on social media showing a group of supporters, who were flying to Belgium for their side’s Europa League game, singing an offensive song as a Jewish man walked down the aisle to take his seat. It also referenced rivals Tottenham.
West Ham said they were ‘appalled’ by the video, which tarnished a night in which they secured early qualification for the knockout stages with a 2-2 draw.
Shocking footage emerged of West Ham fans singing anti-Semitic football chants at an Orthodox Jewish man as he takes his seat on a flight to Belgium
As a man dressed in religious clothing makes his way down the aisle, a small crowd of passengers can be heard singing vile songs about Jewish men’s penises
The club are in contact with the airline and relevant authorities in a bid to identify the culprits, who will receive indefinite bans.
Moyes, speaking ahead of the visit of Liverpool to the London Stadium on Sunday, said: ‘First and foremost, I do not see our football club being like that.
‘I think we are a diverse football club and there is no room for any discrimination anywhere in the world. Not just at West Ham but anywhere in the world.
West Ham manager Moyes condemned the anti-Semitic chanting when speaking on Friday
‘I am really disappointed to hear about it, but I am sure it is individuals and not big sections of the supporters. I am just sorry to hear about it.’
Moyes supports the issuing of bans for these individuals, and said: ‘I want this football club to be recognised for being a really good footballing team.
‘I want it to be recognised for being a big club in London and well respected. To have that you have to have supporters who follow your team home and away which we have.
‘We have incredible support at West Ham but we do not want any labels connected to us whatsoever regarding discrimination, racism, none of that at all.’