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West Ham 'divided' on bid for convicted rapist

West Ham United are divided on whether they should sign striker Ilombe Mboyo, who was jailed for his part in the gang-rape of an under-age girl in 2004, according to reports.

Gent's Ilombe Mboyo. Credit: KURT DESPLENTER/Belga

Mboyo was 17-years-old and a member of a Brussels gang when he was sentenced to eight years in prison - of which he served three years - for the crime.

The Belgian footballer, now 26, claims he benefited from taking part in the rehabilitation programme called Football in Prison.

The son of West Ham owner David Sullivan, Jack, asked fans on Twitter what they thought of signing Mboyo.

After several responses, he tweeted: "99% of you have said no to Mboyo. I'll pass it on to my Dad. I'm sure we won't sign him. We respect your views".

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Future of Olympic Stadium to be decided

West Ham and Leyton Orient are both bidding for the Olympic Stadium Credit: ITV News

A decision on who might become the new tenant of the Olympic Stadium could be made today.

The future of the £429 million showpiece venue is up for discussion at a board meeting of the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC).

Whoever is named as preferred bidder may secure a new home at the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London, under a lease of up to 99 years.

West Ham United, Intelligent Transport Services in association with Formula One, the University College of Football Business (UCFB) and Leyton Orient are on the shortlist.

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Israeli West Ham player 'embarrassed' by fans' chants

Israeli footballer Yossi Benayoun, who plays for West Ham on loan from Chelsea, said he was disappointed and embarrassed by chants from his team's supporters yesterday:

West Ham fan banned from club after behaviour at Spurs

Police confirmed that two West Ham supporters were formally cautioned by officers after making "racially-aggravated gestures" during yesterday's match.

The pair of fans were arrested during the game and accepted the police cautions, Scotland Yard said.

One of those was a Hammers season ticket holder who has since been banned.

A West Ham statement said:

Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed that five supporters were arrested during Sunday's match at White Hart Lane outside of the stadium for unrelated incidents and two more were cautioned for racially aggravated gesturing inside the ground.

One of those fans has since been identified as a season ticket holder and has, this afternoon, been sent a letter containing a banning order from the club.

Any other individuals identified can expect a similar swift and robust response.

FA to investigate West Ham anti-Semitic chants

The FA can confirm it has begun investigating reports of abusive chanting at the Tottenham Hotspur FC versus West Ham United FC fixture on 25 November 2011.

The FA Governance Department has this morning contacted both clubs and will continue to make enquiries into the matter in the coming days.

We note the statement issued by West Ham United FC and encourage Clubs to identify and ban for life any individuals involved in incidents of abusive chanting.

There is no place for anti-Semitism or any form of discrimination in football.

– The FA

Jewish group 'dismayed' by reports of anti-Semitic chants

The Board of Deputies of British Jews said it was "dismayed" by reports of anti-Semitic chanting by West Ham fans.

It said in a statement:

The Board of Deputies of British Jews utterly condemns and is dismayed by reports of antisemitic chanting by West Ham United fans at yesterday’s match against Tottenham Hotspur.

Antisemitism has no place in football or society in general. For football fans to use Holocaust imagery and chants glorifying Adolf Hitler is grossly offensive to the Jewish community and is a stain upon the character of British football.

This in the same week that Tottenham fans were attacked in Rome in an apparently antisemitic attack.

Events at White Hart Lane yesterday and comments on Saturday by the Scunthorpe United manager describing his team’s defending as being “as bad as the Holocaust” confirm that this phenomenon is not confined to the Continent.

The board said they would be making a complaint to the FA:

We will be writing to the Football Association to urge them to punish those responsible for these chants and to take further steps to rid our national game of these slurs.

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