Video footage emerges of fan shouting expletives at the Muslim footballer
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Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah takes a corner against West Ham in the Premier League game at the London Stadium on 4 February
West Ham United have launched an investigation into allegations that Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah was racially abused by a fan during Monday night’s Premier League clash at the London Stadium.
The BBC reports that a video has emerged online where a supporter is heard shouting expletives at the Egyptian while he was about to take a corner kick. The Daily Mail says that the fan called Salah a “f***ing Muslim c***”.
In a statement the London club said: “At West Ham United, we have a zero tolerance policy to any form of violent or abusive behaviour.
“We are an inclusive football club. Regardless of age, race, religion or belief, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment or disability, everyone is warmly welcomed at London Stadium.
“Anyone identified committing an offence will have their details passed to the police and will face a lifetime ban from London Stadium. There is no place for this kind of behaviour at our stadium.”
The Metropolitan Police has also confirmed to Sky Sports that it is aware of the video. A Met Police statement said: “Officers are in the process of reviewing the footage. No arrests have been made and enquiries continue.
“Anyone who witnesses inappropriate behaviour during a match is urged to bring it to the attention of a steward or police officer.”
The fan who filmed the footage said: “I went to watch West Ham vs. Liverpool and I was disgusted by what I was hearing. People like this deserve no place in our society let alone football matches.”
Monday’s Premier League clash finished in a 1-1 draw.