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Former West Ham United chief Tony Henry given 12-month ban from football

Tony Henry, who was sacked as West Ham United's director of recruitment earlier this year, is given a 12-month ban from all football activity by the Football Association.

Former West Ham United director of recruitment Tony Henry has been given a 12-month ban from all football-related activity after being accused of racism.

The 60-year-old was sacked by the Hammers in February - a day after they had initially suspended him - following allegations of discrimination against African players.

Henry is alleged to have told an agent that then-employers United "don't want any more Africans" because "when they are not in the team they cause mayhem", with Diafra Sakho among those to have been singled out for criticism.

A Football Association ban will now prevent Henry from joining a new club for at least another year.

"Tony Henry, former West Ham United FC head of player recruitment, has been suspended from all football and football-related activity for 12 months and must attend an FA education course," the FA tweeted through its official spokesperson account.

"Mr Henry admitted a misconduct charge in relation to comments he made that were improper and/or insulting and/or abusive and included reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race and/or nationality."

Henry tried to explain his comments in an interview with Sky Sports News in May.

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