Allardyce blasts own fans for anti-Semitic chants and insists Hammers will act forcefully
10:51 GMT, 27 November 2012
The West Ham joint chairman wrote about the unsavoury incident for Sportsmail.
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Sam Allardyce has condemned the West Ham supporters who disgraced the club by chanting anti-Semitic abuse at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
The Hammers manager urged the authorities to punish the perpetrators with the toughest sanctions after travelling fans mocked the Holocaust and the stabbings of Spurs fans in Rome.
He said he had not been able to comment on the vile singing immediately after the game because he had not heard the worst offences but has since watched video footage and was appalled.
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Crime and punishment: Sam Allardyce says the fans who chanted will face severe penalties
Let down: West Ham fans hit a new low with their chants at White Hart Lane
Allardyce said: 'I had no idea what
had been said or done. I wasn’t prepared to comment on it having not
heard what went on. We were in a difficult position and I was not in the
best of moods. I was expecting to talk about football.
Having seen the abuse he added: 'I was
very, very disappointed to hear what went on from a small minority.
Nobody condones it. We have zero tolerance at the club and the
authorities deal with it.
'I don’t wish to hear any of that
chanting. I must stress it is a small minority. The good thing is with
CCTV cameras it’s difficult to get away with. They can be picked out and
VIDEO: Anti-semitic chants at Spurs Fan's video captures shouts in stands
Asked if the chanting signalled a
return to the dark days of the Seventies, Allardyce added: 'I hope not.
We continue to do all we possibly can for it not to happen. If we punish
people in the right way we will stop it.'
Israel midfielder Yossi Benayoun, who
is on loan at West Ham from Chelsea, spoke of his disappointment and
embarrassment after away supporters hissed and sang vile songs about
Adolf Hitler on Sunday.
Benayoun wrote on Twitter: ‘I have a
great relationship with the West Ham United supporters from my first
spell at the club and again now I am back on loan here. This is why I
was very disappointed to hear some of the songs yesterday and it was
Embarrassed: Yossi Benayoun (right) was unimpressed with the vile chants
At the double: Jermain Defoe scored twice as Tottenham cruised to victory over West Ham
'But we need to remember that it was
made by a minority group of fans and I'm sure the FA together with West
Ham United football club will do everything to find and punish them.'
New QPR boss and former West Ham and Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has hit out at the perpetrators of the offending chants.
He said: ‘We don’t want to go back to what we had with all the violence in the Seventies — we can’t have that again.
‘When they get in a group it’s filth. It’s disgusting and people are supposed to stand there and take it.
‘They chant at managers, at players
and at each other and it has nothing to do with the football. They are
cowards. It’s disgusting and I keep hearing it, but it’s not right.’
Two West Ham supporters have been
arrested following the chanting. The two fans have accepted police
cautions reportedly for making Nazi salutes, while one of them, a season
ticket holder at Upton Park, has already been issued with a life-time
banning order by the club.
Aftermath: The Drunken Ship pub in Rome were Spurs fans where attacked this week
Three and easy: Tottenham climbed above the Hammers with this win on Sunday
WEST HAM'S OFFICIAL STATEMENT
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.
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
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.