West Ham United suspended head of recruitment Tony Henry on Thursday amid dressing-room unrest and an accusation from former player Diafra Sakho that the club do not like black players.
The London club was plunged into crisis with West Ham players responding in horror to Thursday’s revelations to media. West Ham will appoint an independent QC to lead their investigation while the Football Association launched their own inquiry.
After discovering that Henry had sent at least one email to an agent stating that the club did not want to sign ‘any more African players’ — and then daring to tell the media that it was because some ‘have a bad attitude’ and ’cause caos’ when they are not in the team — some of their players responded on social media.
West Ham have six players of African descent and their Senegalese midfielder, Cheikhou Kouyate, posted a picture of himself on Instagram on Thursday morning with the caption ‘African and proud’.