EPL: What sacked West Ham Sporting Director said about Africa players

General view outside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal at London Stadium

West Ham's positive unbeaten run came to an end on Saturday afternoon in a performance to forget against relegation strugglers Brighton, losing 3-1.

Premier League club West Ham United fired director of player recruitment Tony Henry following unacceptable comments he made regarding African players. One by one we going out. But West Ham United know that with their injuries in their squad that the time for complacency isn't here at all. The BBC reported West Ham said in a statement that it "will not tolerate any type of discrimination" and has "therefore, acted swiftly due to the serious nature of these claims".

Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini, Pedro Obiang and Marko Arnautovic were all sidelined making the signing of an attacker imperative.

The club sacked Henry, originally from Houghton-le-Spring, on Friday after the Daily Mail claimed he said they no longer wanted to sign African players because "they have a bad attitude" and "cause mayhem" when not selected.

"We had problems with Sakho, with Diafra Sakho", he said. It's nothing against the African race at all. We look to buy the best available and it doesn't really matter where they're from to me at all.

"I am of African heritage and am indeed proud of that, I am also proud to have played for my country".

Indeed in the past the club have always been keen to publicise the fact they have first option to buy players they bring in on loan. It's nothing personal at all.

"I was totally frustrated by the goals we conceded, and I don't think that's something that we've done in the main the Scotsman remarked". West Ham failed to clear their lines and Jose Izquierdo beat Adrian with a simply wonderful angled strike which simply flew into the net.

Meanwhile it has emerged that another unnamed senior official left West Ham some three months ago following an investigation.

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