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Nov 28, 2012

Allardyce calls for fans to be punished

Sam Allardyce has strongly condemned the West Ham United fans responsible for anti-semitic abuse at White Hart Lane on Sunday and urged the strongest possible punishment.

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The West Ham manager also explained why he did not speak out after his club's 3-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur that day, insisting that he was genuinely oblivious to what had been chanted. Since then, however, he has reviewed footage of the game.

"I was very, very disappointed to hear what went on from a small minority. Nobody condones it. We have zero tolerance at the club and the authorities deal with it," Allardyce said. "I don't wish to hear any of the chanting. I must stress it is a small minority. They should be thrown out of football.

"A small minority can make themselves heard when they want to. The good thing is with CCTV cameras it's difficult to get away with it. They can be picked out and punished accordingly. If we punish people in the right way we will stop it.

"I had no idea what had been said or done [after the game]. I wasn't prepared to comment on it having not heard what went on. We were in a difficult position and I was not in a good mood. I was expecting to talk about football."

Hammers midfielder Yossi Benayoun admitted he was "disappointed" by the chants and supported Allardyce's comments that the majority of fans should not be blamed.