David Gold speaks to the BBC about anti-semitism
In an interview with the BBC, West Ham United FC chairman David Gold has spoken of his disappointment at the anti-semitic abuse by sections of The West Ham supporters at Tottenham at the weekend.
On loan West Ham United Israeli midfielder, Yossi Benayoun, has also spoken of his “embarrassment” at the chants.
Two West Ham fans have accepted a police caution and one has been banned for life for making nazi salutes at the game. The FA are investigating some of the reported chanting.
In the interview David said, "We have a clear stance towards any kind of discriminatory behaviour - it will not be tolerated."
“We are a club that promotes tolerance and inclusion of people from all backgrounds, race and religion”
He also talked about how anti-semitic abuse had personally affected him.
David’s great grandfather was found hanged around the turn of the 20th Century after surviving persecution in Poland but being "driven to despair" by anti-Semitism in England.
"I am very proud of my Jewish heritage and have always been made to feel welcome at West Ham since I started watching them as a young boy back in the 1950s," said Gold.
"That wasn't always the case growing up in the East End and I know first-hand how difficult dealing with prejudice can be, which is why I feel so passionately about promoting inclusion in society today."