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Benayoun condemns West Ham chants

ESPN staff and Miguel Delaney
November 27, 2012
Yossi Benayoun has expressed his disappointment with the weekend's events © PA Photos

West Ham midfielder Yossi Benayoun says he finds the behaviour of some of the club's fans "embarrassing" after anti-Semitic chants were allegedly directed at Tottenham supporters on Sunday.

Sections of the West Ham fans were allegedly heard mocking the Holocaust, while reports in the English press claim two men have been arrested for making Nazi salutes during the Premier League match.

Israel international Benayoun is on loan at the Hammers from Chelsea for the remainder of the current season after spending two years at the club from 2005. He insists the trouble has been caused by a minority group, but feels "disappointed" that such behaviour still exists in the game.

"I have a great relationship with the West Ham United supporters, from my first spell at the club and again now I am back on loan here. This is why I was very disappointed to hear some of the songs yesterday and it was embarrassing.

"But we need to remember that it was made by a minority group of fans and I'm sure the FA, together with West Ham United, will do everything to find and punish them," Benayoun said via Twitter.

Meanwhile, QPR boss Harry Redknapp fears that English football may be returning to the hooligan culture of the seventies, as he strongly came out in condemnation of the West Ham fans.

Redknapp, who recently spent just under four years at Tottenham but also has a strong history as a player and manager at Upton Park, described the people responsible as "filth".

"We don't want to go back to what we had with all the violence in the seventies - we can't have that again," Redknapp said. "When they get in a group it's filth. It's disgusting and people are supposed to stand there and take it.

"They chant at managers, at players and at each other and it has nothing to do with the football. They are cowards. It's disgusting and I keep hearing it."

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