West Ham reiterate ‘zero-tolerance’ policy to discrimination from supporters

The supporter was identified by officers during West Ham’s 2-0 loss to Liverpool on January 29.

West Ham has stressed their “zero-tolerance” approach to discrimination after a man was handed a three-year football banning order. Because of directing racial abuse at a player during January’s Premier League clash with Liverpool at the London Stadium.

Bradley Thumwood, 48, from Bexleyheath, appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday. And Where he pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated Section 5 public order offence, the Metropolitan Police said.

He was issued with a three-year football banning order. And fined £400 and also ordered to pay a victim surcharge and costs amounting to £125.

Thumwood had been summonsed in July after being identified by officers during West Ham’s 2-0 loss to Liverpool on January 29.

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West Ham is to offer Thumwood educational sessions to try to reform his views. Said, “whilst reserving the right to uphold indefinite bans, should those efforts prove unsuccessful.”

A West Ham spokesperson said in a press release from the Metropolitan Police: “West Ham United is unequivocal in its stance. But We have a zero-tolerance approach to any form of discrimination.

“Equality and diversity are at the heart of the football club. And we are committed to continuing ensuring that everyone who enters London Stadium is free to enjoy. And 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. And The club will offer educational sessions to the individual in question in an effort to reform their views. And Whilst reserving the right to uphold their indefinite bans and should those efforts prove unsuccessful.”

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The Metropolitan Police’s dedicated football officer PC Andy Sheldon. They said “We do not, And will not tolerate hate crime of any kind at football matches. And also take action against those who are found to have committed these kinds of crimes during games.

“We are committed to working closely with football clubs to identify anyone behaving inappropriately and also for breaking the law. And West Ham is grateful for the support of West Ham United Football Club. But for their commitment to eradicating this type of behaviour.

And “West Ham ask anyone who sees or hears this type of behaviour to speak to stewards or police.”

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