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1 faces lifetime ban for allegedly abusing Salah racially

06 Feb 2019, 20:32 ( 1 Month ago)

DF-Xinhua Report
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah. File Photo Xinhua.

West Ham and the Metropolitan Police confirmed on Wednesday that they are investigating an allegation of racial abuse directed at Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah.

   The investigation was opened after a video appeared on social media in which racial insults aimed at the Egyptian player are able to be heard during the game which ended in a 1-1 draw at West Ham's London Stadium.

   The police confirmed they were "aware" of the video and added that police officers were "in the process of reviewing the footage. No arrests have been made and enquiries continue."

   They also request that "anyone who witnesses inappropriate behavior during a match is urged to bring it to the attention of a steward or police officer."

   Meanwhile West Ham issued a statement in which they ask for help in identifying the person responsible for the abuse, who now faces a lifetime ban from the ground.

   "At West Ham United, we have a zero tolerance policy to any form of violent or abusive behavior. We are an inclusive football club. Regardless of age, race, religion or belief, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment or disability, everyone is warmly welcomed at London Stadium."

   "Anyone identified committing an offence will have their details passed to the police and will face a lifetime ban from London Stadium. There is no place for this kind of behavior at our stadium," says the club.