The world has grown to be more tolerant and inclusive over the years. But every once in a while we see an incident that shows us we still have a long way to go. In Liverpool’s most recent game against West Ham, Salah was the victim of racist chants from some of the West Ham fans.
Liverpool’s title race is still ongoing, and despite their recent drop in form, the Reds still sit top of the table with a three-point lead over Manchester City. Their latest game was against West Ham, and while Liverpool lost two precious points in the draw, it wasn’t the only negative thing for their supporters.
A video has gone viral on social media, showing West Ham fans booing Salah and calling him names in a very racist and degrading manner. Their insults were targeted at Mohamed Salah, with the word “Muslim” being put in between different insults. The Premier League’s current top scorer didn’t show any reaction on the pitch, nor on social media afterwards, however, media outlets are reporting that West Ham Club will be opening an investigation in the matter.
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 pic.twitter.com/M4dBsMrCy8
— Sádat Yazdani (@Sadat_Yazdani) February 6, 2019
West Ham has already released a statement affirming their “zero tolerance policy to any form of violent or abusive behaviour.” The statement went on to highlight how they are an inclusive football club and have “no place for this kind of behaviour at [their] stadium.” The statement concluded that once this person is identified, they “will have their details passed to the police and will face a lifetime ban from London Stadium.”
Such an incident is not new to football. Last December, some Inter Milan fans were accused of racist chants against Napoli’s star defender, Kalidou Koulibaly, for his skin colour. The club, as well as many footballers, including Salah, voiced their concern over the incident.
There’s no place for racism in football. There’s no place for racism anywhere at all. pic.twitter.com/d2YwWSbXJe
— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) December 27, 2018