West Ham sack head of recruitment Tony Henry

David Moyes Manager of West Ham United looks on during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Crystal Palace at London Stadium

West Ham sack head of recruitment Tony Henry

West Ham have announced that they have sacked one of their top employees after he made racist remarks in relation to signing African players.

West Ham manager David Moyes has said that claims the club would not sign any more African players are wrong. Our action follows a full and thorough investigation.

Referring to further reports Slimani had not joined West Ham because the club's vice-chair Karren Brady had previously offended Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, Leicester's owner, with comments she made about their sacking of Claudio Ranieri, Moyes said: "You probably know more".

Cheikhou Kouyate, West Ham's Senegalese midfielder, wrote on Instagram Thursday that he is "African and proud".

He added that the mood in the Hammers' squad, which has six players of African descent, had not been affected by the controversy.

Henry allegedly sent the email on 27 January to a West Ham official and an agent in response to an inquiry about a Cameroonian footballer. He specifically pointed to their "bad attitude" and tendency to "cause mayhem", citing Diafra Sakho-who recently transferred to Rennes-as an example.

He also claimed those players "caused mayhem" when not selected.

"We trust they will deal with this in keeping with football's position on all matters of equality and anti-racism", the Professional Footballers' Association said.

Henry insisted the policy had "nothing against the African race at all".

Another player has been speaking about the emails this week and that man is Diafra Sakho.

Asked whether the club have an open transfer policy, Moyes replied: "Of course we have". In my nine years at West Ham United it was fantastic, the fans and club have always judged players on their football ability, work ethic and loyalty.

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