West Ham sack director of player recruitment Tony Henry amid racism claim

West Ham sack director of player recruitment Tony Henry amid racism claim

West Ham have sacked head of recruitment Tony Henry following allegations he sent messages to an agent saying the club did not want to sign African players.

The decision follows a report by the Daily Mail which carried quotes from Henry stating African players "cause mayhem" when they are not in the team.

Henry's dismissal came after the English Football Association opened an investigation.

'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'.

He is said to have cited the behaviour of former striker Diafra Sakho, a Senegal global, as one of the reasons behind the stance - which leaves West Ham open to allegations they break discrimination laws.

Mr Henry allegedly made the remarks to a newspaper after it obtained a leaked email in which he is reported to have written: "We don't want any more Africans". It's just sometimes they can have a bad attitude.

"You can see the players we have signed the club has signed over the years, we sign good-quality players, the best we can get, it doesn't matter where they are from".

"It's nothing against the African race at all". He's left, so great.

Despite netting 24 times during his Hammers career in 70 appearances in all competitions, both within the starting line up and from the substitutes' bench, the Senegal international's career struggled to really find consistent momentum in east London.