With the ongoing fight to curve racist and discriminatory behaviors, FIFA world governing body has imposed stricter laws to help fight against such acts. Back in July, FIFA announced that they would doubled its minimum ban for racist and discriminatory incidents to ten games. In addition to that, it was announced that players can now make victim statements and participate in the proceeding. The recent changes are due to the several incidents witnessed against players last season in domestic and international football.
FIFA has said, they won’t hesitate to make an example of anyone found enacting in such behavior. Recently, West Ham United fans were arrested for allegedly making homophobic gestures. The gestures are believed to be targeted towards Brighton supporters. This comes after Saturday’s 3-3 draw. The pair have been released by police pending investigation.
A Metropolitan Police spokesperson confirmed this when speaking to the media saying, ”two male West Ham fans were arrested on suspicion of making homophobic gestures. One male (also a West Ham fan) was arrested on suspicion of common assault. They were taken to east London police stations where they were subsequently released under investigation. Enquiries continue.”
In a statement, West Ham said: “West Ham United is disgusted to hear of alleged homophobic incidents at the game against Brighton & Hove Albion. The matter is now with the police but anyone found guilty of acting in a discriminatory manner will be banned for life from London Stadium and from traveling with the club.”
“The club is unequivocal in its stance – 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 watching their team play football in an inclusive environment.”
This won’t be the first time Hammers supporters will engage in such an act. Last December, it was reported some supporters made homophobic chants during their game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
In recent months, their have been unsettlement at West Ham. A few weeks ago, fans have announced that ahead of West Ham Premier League match against Everton there will be multiple protests at the stadium. The protest is against owners David Gold and David Sullivan. The two men celebrated ten years in charge of the Hammers.
West Ham, is currently in the relegation zone. They currently sit 18th and have lost 13 games thus far this season. This is more than the games won (6) and games that were drawn (6).