EXTRA TIME: Cheikhou Kouyate reacts to West Ham racism crisis

EXTRA TIME: Cheikhou Kouyate reacts to West Ham racism crisis

EXTRA TIME: Cheikhou Kouyate reacts to West Ham racism crisis

West Ham United have sacked director of player recruitment Tony Henry after claiming the club did not "want any more Africans" as he looked to add more players to David Moyes' squad.

The Hammers sold Diafra Sakho and Andre Ayew out in the January transfer window and they now have six players of African background in their first-team setup, including Cheikhou Kouyate [Senegal], Pedro Obiang [Equatorial Guinea], Angelo Ogbonna [Nigeria], Arthur Masuaku [DR Congo] and Edimilson Fernandes [Cape Verde].

Henry's dismissal came after the English Football Association opened an investigation.

West Ham have suspended head of recruitment Tony Henry amid claims he discriminated against African soccer players.

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Henry is alleged to have sent an email which said the club had decided against signing any footballers from Africa amid concerns over their attitude.

The players' union said West Ham's swift action against Henry was "encouraging". "Morale is good. We're on the back of a pretty good run and we want to keep it going", said the Scot.

Henry insisted the policy had "nothing against the African race at all".

"We had problems with Sakho, with Diafra Sakho".

Senegal striker Diafra Sakho left the club in the January transfer window to join Rennes, with Ghana global Andre Ayew heading to Swansea.

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