West Ham have condemned the alleged homophobic chanting that marred their 1-0 victory over Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday.
Aaron Cresswell’s sweetly struck winner sent the Hammers faithful into ecstasy, but it has now emerged that sections of the away support may have aimed discriminatory abuse at Chelsea fans during the game at Stamford Bridge.
Kick It Out have commented on the behaviour of the West Ham fans and the Irons have also released a statement, confirming they do not stand for such actions.
“West Ham United in no way condones any behaviour that falls short of the highest standards which the Club sets when it comes to equality,” a West Ham spokesperson told Sky Sports.
The Hammers travelling support are accused by Chelsea of homophobic chants throughout the entirety of the game but the Hammers have been quick to distance themselves from these views.
The Trust note with dismay the continuous homophobic chanting by the visiting West Ham fans today. It appeared that no action was taken during the game. We call on @ChelseaFC and @WestHam to investigate.
— ChelseaSupportersTrust (@ChelseaSTrust) November 30, 2019
In fact, West Ham have openly voiced their desire to ensure every supporter is included and recently teamed up with the Pride of Irons, the club’s official LGBTQ+ group to promote this message.
The Irons joined other teams in raising awareness as to the presence of homophobic attitudes at football matches at Call it Out 19 Pride in Football, a recent event held at the London Stadium.
And, looking ahead to their next home game against Arsenal, the Irons have further demonstrated their goal to encourage togetherness within the footballing family.
“At London Stadium against Arsenal on Monday night, we will be celebrating and demonstrating the great work the club does to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for ALL supporters, including our LGBT+ fanbase, as part of our ongoing and unwavering support for the Rainbow Laces campaign,” said the club’s representative.
The game against the Gunners is an opportunity for West Ham to show their support for the whole Hammers community.
And, the club has confirmed that Rainbow Lace pitch flags, ball plinths, handshake and substitute boards will all be on show when they face Arsenal on Monday 9 December.