West Ham said they will be investigating claims a homophobic leaflet was dispersed outside their stadium before their EPL match against Chelsea. The flyer, which was shared on social media, contained offensive song lyrics aimed at Chelsea defender John Jerry, urging home supporters to sing the song soon after the match kicked off.
The flyer was said to have been handed out before the EPL match at the London Stadium, which was marred with violence from both sets of supporters in the stands and led to the arrest of seven people.
It is unclear if the leaflets were widely circulated, if at all.
A West Ham United spokesperson said: "West Ham United are completely and utterly committed to tackling all forms of discrimination in football.
"Working with the Metropolitan Police Service, the club will be investigating the alleged distribution of these flyers, and will take the strongest possible action against those responsible."
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Police are aware of an leaflet handed out before the match containing homophobic contents. This will will form part of the post match investigation."
A spokesperson for the equality in football campaign group Kick It Out said: "Kick It Out received reports of homophobic literature being distributed before last night's EFL Cup game between West Ham United and Chelsea at the London Stadium.
"In line with the organisation's usual reporting procedures, Kick It Out has gathered the reports and sent to The FA and will work alongside them and liaise, where appropriate, with the clubs.
"Kick It Out strongly condemns any form of discrimination and urges for appropriate action to be taken as soon as possible."
West Ham eventually won the game 2-1 thanks to goals from Cheikhou Kouyate and Michy Batshuayi.