Monday 17 December 2018

Moyes: I've never seen a prejudicial policy

West Ham United manager David Moyes. Photo: Reuters
West Ham United manager David Moyes. Photo: Reuters Sportsdesk

West Ham have sacked director of player recruitment Tony Henry over his "unacceptable comments" about players from Africa.

Barely 24 hours after being suspended over allegations he said the club would not be signing any more Africans because they "can have a bad attitude" and "cause mayhem", Henry's contract was terminated with immediate effect.

West Ham said they took the decision following a "full and thorough investigation" into an email it is claimed Henry sent to an agent and another club official regarding an inquiry about a player of Cameroonian descent.

Earlier in the day, West Ham manager David Moyes rejected that they club had decided not to sign any more African players and claimed that they tried to sign African-born Islam Slimani and Ibrahim Amadou on transfer deadline day.

"I find it difficult to believe anyone could say we are not a multinational team. I don't think any Premier League club has more African players than West Ham. We sign good, quality players - it doesn't matter where they are from," said Moyes, who added that the mood in the Hammers' squad, which has six players of African descent, had not been affected by the controversy.

"I've never, ever witnessed any prejudicial transfer policy at any club I've been at. My first African player was Joseph Yobo. It was only last year when I went to Nigeria to Joseph's testimonial. I've signed Steven Pienaar three times.

"Over my time, we've had good African players and bad African players just like we've had good Scottish players and bad Scottish players as well, no difference."

Irish Independent

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