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West Ham threaten life bans if fans found guilty of inappropriate Spurs chants

West Ham United said the club will take the "strongest possible action" against any supporters found guilty of inappropriate chanting during the Barclays Premier League match away to Tottenham yesterday, including the enforcement of life bans.

A statement said:

West Ham United are in contact with Tottenham Hotspur to assist them with their investigation into the conduct of a small number of supporters and alleged inappropriate chanting during yesterday's match at White Hart Lane.

West Ham United will take the strongest possible action against any of their supporters, including enforcing life bans from the club, that are found guilty of behaviour which is categorically not condoned by West Ham United.

During the 46 games in the Championship last season, West Ham United had zero arrests for racism or violence, so while we are surprised to see such reports today, we will examine any available evidence of such conduct thoroughly and take the appropriate action.


UEFA launch disciplinary action against Lazio after alleged racist chanting

UEFA have announced that they have opened proceedings against Lazio for "improper conduct of the club's supporters" during their Europa League match against Tottenham.

Aaron Lennon, Jermain Defoe and Andros Townsend all appeared to be the subject of monkey chants from the away end during Spurs' 0-0 draw against the Italian side.

A statement read: "UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against S.S. Lazio for the improper conduct of the club's supporters (racist behaviour) during the UEFA Europa League group stage match on Thursday 20 September between Tottenham Hotspur FC and the Italian side."

Harry Redknapp: 'Club went in a different direction'

Harry Redknapp
Harry Redknapp's departure from Spurs was confirmed by the club last night. Credit: David Davies/PA Archive

Harry Redknapp told ITV News: "(The) club went in a different direction to the manager - what can you do about it - it's the owner's decision.

"The fans have been amazing, it's always disappointing to leave a club, (but you) don't spend much time worrying about it. The England job had nothing to do with it.

"They own the club and they can do what they want, all you can do is leave the club in a better shape than when you found it. I will miss players and fans but I am not one to sit around, I did a great job there and made loads of friends".


Harry Redknapp's history at White Hart Lane

  • Harry Redknapp took charge of Tottenham in October 2008 following the sacking of Juande Ramos, with the club having taken just two points from their first eight games.
  • He led them to an eighth-place finish and an appearance in the League Cup final, which they lost to Manchester United.
  • In his first full season in charge, he guided Spurs to fourth position taking them into the Champions League for the first time.
  • Since then Redknapp has twice failed to secure Champions League football at White Hart Lane, including this season when Chelsea snatched the last available place away from them with their win over Bayern.
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