A West Ham fan has been banned from football for 3 years after admitting to shouting anti-Islamic insults against Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah during a game between Liverpool and West Ham back in February 2019.
West Ham fan Bradley Thumwood admitted to shouting racial insults at the Liverpool star during the game and he was caught on camera. He appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court this week where he pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated Section 5 public order offense (UK).
The court handed Thumwood a three-year ban from football and a 400 hundred pounds fine. On top of that the court ordered him to pay a victim surcharge and costs of 215 hundred pounds.
West Ham wrote a statement condemning the fan’s actions and approving the judgement made on his actions. “West Ham United is unequivocal in its stance – we have a zero tolerance approach to any form of discrimination.”
“Equality and diversity are at the heart of the club and we are committed to continuing to ensure that everyone who enters London Stadium is free to enjoy watching their team play football in an inclusive environment. The club works closely with ‘Kick It Out’ and our fan group BAME Hammers. In conjunction with those parties, the club will offer educational sessions to the individual in question in an effort to reform their views, whilst reserving the right to uphold their indefinite bans, should those efforts prove unsuccessful,” read the statement.
By Prince Sobayeni