Anti-racism drive backed

West Ham United would like to make all supporters aware that the club condemns racism in any form - either on or off the pitch.

Should you witness any acts of racial abuse or behaviour likely to cause offence, please report it to the nearest steward or alternatively you can text our dedicated anti-racism number on 07969 042837 giving details of the location of the offenders. If you are the target for racial abuse or hear or see someone making racist comments or gestures at a football match, you should immediately report it to your nearest steward or police officer.

Racist abuse at football matches is against the law so the police and stewards can take action. Anyone found guilty of racist behaviour at the match can be ejected from the ground, arrested or even have their season ticket taken off them for life. Racism is the belief that because people are a different colour or from another country or part of the world, they are inferior but racist behaviour also includes threatening, abusing or insulting a person because of their colour, race, nationality or creed.

West Ham United has long been working hard to eradicate racism at the Boleyn Ground and in February 2008 these efforts were recognised when it was awarded the Preliminary Level of the Racial Equality Standard for professional football clubs. The RES sets out a number of measures in a framework document to encourage and support the development or racial equality practices at professional clubs.

The Standard, developed by the Kick It Out campaign and backed by football's governing bodies, formalises a club's commitment towards ensuring that spectators, players, management and staff are able to work within an environment that is free of discrimination and encourages community accessibility.