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Former West Ham recruitment chief makes grovelling apology after racism storm sacking

Published on: 10 May 2018

Former West Ham head of recruitment Tony Henry has spoken out for the first time since he was fired by West Ham for making alleged racists comments about African players back in January.

Henry was sacked in disgrace after a Daily Mail article published an article regarding emails Henry sent to an agent of a player the Hammers were chasing in the January window.

It's alleged that Henry said the club didn't want to sign any more African players and that they "caused mayhem."

At the time of the comments, West Ham had players of African descent including Diafra Sakho, Andre Ayew, Cheikhou Kouyate, Pedro Obiang and Arthur Masuaku on the books at the club. Sakho and Ayew have since left the club for Rennes and Swansea City respectively.

During the last January transfer window, West Ham were interested in signing two African players, Algerian Islam Slimani and Cameroon-born Ibrahim Amadou but both fell through on deadline day.

After a swift investigation, Henry was sacked by the club and he was charged by the Football Association over his comments last Friday, having until the 15th of this month to respond to them.

In an interview with Sky Sports News, Henry tried to explain his side of the story.

He said: "I'm sorry for what I've done, 100 per cent. For the first two weeks, honestly, I couldn't leave the house. I was so sorry for what I had done because I know I shouldn't have done it.

"I knew I shouldn't have said it. It initially started with one email from one agent and it started two or three weeks previous. An agent put in a player that was based in France, my scout in France watched him two or three times and said he wasn't good enough and won't improve us for the money they wan't. He wasn't worth it.

"On the 27th [January], we got another email saying there is a deal to be done and I went back and said we don't want any more Africans and the player is not good enough.



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