Investigation launched into anti-Muslim Salah abuse

first_imgWest Ham United have launched an investigation after a video surfaced of Mohamed Salah being racially abused during Liverpool’s match against West Ham on Monday. A video  showing Salah being targeted during a corner kick with a fan yelling anti-Muslim slurs at the Liverpool star has been shared on social media.A fan can be heard yelling “Salah you f****** Muslim. F****** Muslim c***” as Salah prepared to take the corner, while another is heard calling the Egyptian a “cheat” in the background. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? West Ham confirmed on Wednesday that the club is “aware of the incident and have launched an investigation”.I went to watch West Ham vs Liverpool and I was disgusted by what I was hearing. People like this deserve no place in our society let alone football matches. #kickracismout @22mosala @FA — Sádat Yazdani (@Sadat_Yazdani) February 6, 2019 “At West Ham United, we have a zero tolerance policy to any form of violent or abusive behaviour,” West Ham said in a statement to the Liverpool Echo . “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 behaviour at our stadium.”In addition, the Football Association revealed that the organisation had shared the video with West Ham “as a matter of urgency”.The Metropolitan Police also confirmed that they too were looking into the incident”We are aware of a video in which it appears racial abuse is being directed at a player at a West Ham vs Liverpool game at London Stadium on Monday, 4 February,” they said in a statement.”Officers are in the process of reviewing the footage. No arrests have been made and enquiries continue.”Anyone who witnesses inappropriate behaviour during a match is urged to bring it to the attention of a steward or police officer.”Liverpool initially took a 1-0 lead through a Sadio Mane goal in the 22nd minute before Michail Antonio equalised just six minutes later.The Reds are back in action on Saturday against Bournemouth while West Ham are set to face Crystal Palace. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Western Sahara Annan calls for more time to allow Morocco to consider

In a report to the Security Council issued today, Mr. Annan says his Personal Envoy, James Baker, recommended that the mandate of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) be extended to allow him to consult more with Rabat.”I concur with this view and hope that he will be receiving Morocco’s final reply before the end of April 2004,” Mr. Annan says.The peace plan, submitted by Mr. Baker last year, calls for a referendum on the status of Western Sahara. It was accepted by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia el-Hamra and Rio de Oro, known as Frente POLISARIO, in July.In his regular report, Mr. Annan says the recent round of confidence-building measures – telephone calls between Western Sahara and refugee camps in neighbouring Algeria resumed last week – mean the UN’s refugee agency thinks an exchange of family visits could begin next month.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) submitted a detailed plan in November on how the exchange of family visits between the refugee camps in Tindouf and Western Sahara could work.But Mr. Annan also warns that more relief aid is needed to ensure Western Saharan refugees do not succumb to acute and chronic malnutrition.”Without significant donor contributions, the Western Saharan refugee assistance programme may face a critical situation in the coming months.” read more