Target: West Ham United Football Club
Goal: Thank the West Ham United for banning fans for life after anti-Semitic and abusive comments.
The West Ham United, a soccer team in London, has taken drastic measures to ensure racist behavior receives the proper punishment. Some fans heard using anti-Semitic terminology and referencing Hitler have been banned for life and could potentially face a criminal investigation.
The fans could be heard by members of the media and some chants were picked up by television microphones. They could be heard shouting “Adolf Hitler is coming for you” and hissing, mimicking the sound of gas chambers. Some were even seen doing a Nazi salute.
The West Ham United has expressed their sincere disappointment and embarrassment of their fans. They have promised to take the strongest possible action against any people involved in these chants and ensure racist acts will not be tolerated.
It is clear that this soccer team promotes tolerance and inclusion of people from all backgrounds, races and religions; there is no room for discrimination on or off the soccer field. Both soccer teams have promised to review the video feed to see if it can be used to identify others involved.
Hundreds of fans took to social media sites to complain about the blatant racism they had witnessed. The area police have said they will meet with witnesses and take statements if there is a criminal investigation.
This discrimination is not being taken lightly by the police or the West Ham United. Sign the petition to thank the West Ham United Football Club for taking a stand against hate.
Dear West Ham United Football Club,
The playful banter between opposing teams was taken to an unacceptable level when fans starting shouting anti-Semitic remarks. Your quick and just punishment was necessary for setting an example that discrimination will not be tolerated. Implementing fans be banned for life from your soccer games is a fitting punishment for this inexcusable behavior.
I hope a criminal investigation is launched and that your team does everything in its power to cooperate with the police. The deplorable behavior of the fans was disrespectful and out of line. Thank you for taking a clear stance against discriminatory behavior and promoting tolerance.
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