Search

West Ham suspend coach after Kick It Out raises concern over ‘far right’ march

PUBLISHED: 12:30 17 October 2018

A view of the London Stadium, the home of West Ham United (pic: Tim Goode/PA)

A view of the London Stadium, the home of West Ham United (pic: Tim Goode/PA)

PA Wire/PA Images

West Ham United have suspended youth coach Mark Phillips after he took part in a march organised by the Democratic Football Lads Alliance (DFLA), the Premier League club have confirmed.

Accused of Islamophobia and racism by its critics, the group marched through central London on Saturday to protest against what its Facebook page listed as “returning jihadists, veterans treated like traitors, thousands of AWOL migrants”, light sentences for paedophiles and an “epidemic of gang and knife crime”.

In a series of posts on his Twitter feed, which he has now protected, Phillips said he attended the march and then defended the group against claims it is “far right” and was to blame for violence with the police and anti-fascism protesters on Saturday.

These tweets were forwarded to football’s anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out on Monday and it passed them on to the Football Association, as Phillips is a “participant in the game”.

As Phillips does not appear to have broken any laws, the case was passed on to his club, which took the decision to suspend him on Tuesday.

In a statement, a Kick It Out spokesman said: “We can confirm we’ve received a report about a West Ham coach claiming to have attended the DFLA rally. We have passed it on to the club and are liaising with them about the issue.”

Earlier this year, the Premier League warned its clubs against the rising influence of the DFLA’s forerunner, the Football Lads Alliance, which it said was using the game to spread Islamophobia.

In a statement, a West Ham spokesperson said: “West Ham United is an inclusive football club. Regardless of gender, age, race, ability, religion or sexual orientation, every supporter within our diverse fanbase is warmly welcomed at London Stadium, free to enjoy watching their team play football without fear, discrimination or abuse.

“We have a zero tolerance policy to any form of violent or abusive behaviour. We continue to protect and cherish those values. And we remain committed to ensuring that every single member of the West Ham family feels safe, respected and included.”

Latest East London Sports News

Yesterday, 18:00

With a month to go until the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup returns to the Lee Valley Velopark in Stratford, the Great Britain squad for the next round in Berlin has been announced.

Yesterday, 16:40

Lakeside Hammers will not be running in the 2019 speedway season after the BSPA revealed plans for next season after hosting their annual AGM.

Yesterday, 16:00

The Poplar-based club also hosted a show earlier this month which saw nine bouts contested

Yesterday, 12:00

The O’s boss discussed Garry Hill’s return to management and backed his predecessor Daryl McMahon to find work sooner rather than later

Hammers’ Players Project helping to get people active

Yesterday, 09:00

Errington Challenge Cup: Sawbridgeworth Town 2 Tower Hamlets 3

Tue, 17:00

Behind closed doors friendly: Leyton Orient 1 Bristol City 2

Tue, 15:00

Sporting Bengal United manager Imrul Gazi is hoping to be at full strength when they take on Southend Manor.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Are you a landlord looking for a fixed rental income, paid whether the property is empty or not? Steve Westley, general manager at estate agents Elliot Leigh, explains their Guaranteed Rent Scheme and how it takes the stress out of letting your property.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now