Monday, 3 June 2013
FA reject Disciplinary Action against West Ham & Millwall after Tottenham and Leeds games
The Nazi salutes and hissing to simulate the gas chambers go way beyond what might be termed "banter". It is foul and is deeply insulting to the memory of the 6 million Jews exterminated in the Second World War, and to our own service men who laid down their lives to defeat the evil of Nazi Germany.
So, the FA should have made explicit the punishment for future incidents - and I would favour a deduction of six points unless the club can identify the offenders and ensure that they never attend a West Ham game again. That would ensure that the fans themselves self police, that the right number of stewards are employed at the ground, and that CCTV cameras are trained on the troublesome areas of the ground at all times. Every right thinking West Ham fan wants these animals kicked out forever and as painful as a points reduction would be, even if that resulted in relegation, that pain cannot be compared to the offence caused by these actions.
In the case of Millwall, I'm not so sure. I didn't see what the fans did, but I am tempted to say that Hell Hadji deserves everything he gets. This is a man who has spat on supporters and players alike, who made obscene gestures after scoring a penalty and who has recently been beaten up in toilets after becoming abusive in a bar. If the gestures were crudely racist, then the same punishment should apply, but if they were specifically targeted at Diouf because of who, rather than what, he is, then I suspect you have to cut some slack!
If I had my way, we would chuck Diouf out along with the racist bath water!
Posted by Hammersfan at 15:44