West Ham bans supporter for lifetime for making racist gestures

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 27, 2012 14:10 hrs

West Ham United has banned a season-ticket holder for life for making racist gestures at Tottenham Hotspurs fan during their bitter Premier League clash on Sunday.

He was one of two cautioned by police for a "racially aggravated public order offence", with five other supporters arrested after unrelated incidents during the 3-1 defeat at White Hart Lane.

The FA confirmed yesterday they had begun their own separate investigations into allegations of racial chanting as well as sickening pro-Lazio chants, which referred to the attack on a number of Spurs fans before their Europa League tie in Rome, the Daily Express reports.

West Ham's on-loan Israel midfielder Yossi Benayoun condemned the chanting as very disappointing and embarrassing.

Reports claimed that songs also referred to Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust in a bid to provoke a following that traditionally contains a strong Jewish element.

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 the club. (ANI)

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