Allardyce endorses Hammers' ban warning
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has backed the club's warning that fans who indulged in abusive chanting during Sunday's London derby against Tottenham Hotspur will be banned.
This weekend's match will be the Hammers' first trip to White Hart Lane since a small group of supporters embarrassed the east London club in November last year.
Just four days after a Spurs fan was stabbed in an apparent anti-Semitic attack in Rome, a group of West Ham fans chanted "Viva Lazio" and "Can we stab you every week?" while some hissed, mimicking the gassing of Jews in Nazi death camps.
Allardyce, speaking at his pre-match press conference on Friday, said: "The club has made a statement so you will suffer the consequences if you do anything like that.
"If they do it, I think that's very important that they are identified and they suffer the consequences.
"We live in this society today so if you're made aware of what's acceptable and what's not you've got to be very, very careful about what you choose to chant.
"If you're made aware of it and it happens you don't have any excuse.
"My message to the fans would be: support the lads on the field and forget about everything else."
Friday's statement from West Ham said: "Any fan found to be acting inappropriately - including racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic behaviour - will be punished to the full extent of the law and banned from attending matches.
"Any such behaviour is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated by West Ham United.
"West Ham United is rightly proud of its world-famous support home and away and will not allow the reputation of the tens of thousands of Hammers fans who follow the club over land and sea to be tarnished by any unacceptable conduct from a small minority."
The Hammers' statement came a day after police warned fans of both clubs that anyone found chanting "Yid" at White Hart Lane could be arrested.
For years, sections of Tottenham's support have described themselves as 'Yids', in a bid to reclaim the pejorative term from anti-Semitic opposition fans who have used it to make slurs about north London club Spurs' longstanding links to the Jewish community.
However, in its desire to clamp down on discrimination in the English game, the Football Association has asked Tottenham supporters to refrain from chanting 'Yid'.
And a statement issued by London's Metropolitan Police on Thursday said: "Some words - like the 'Y' word -- which historically have been perceived by some as acceptable, cause harassment, alarm or distress to others, and people who use this language could be committing a criminal offence.
Rival fans have sometimes used Spurs' Jewish connections -- current chairman Daniel Levy is the latest in a line of Jewish businessmen to have guided the club -- as a way of baiting Tottenham fans.
Chief Superintendent Mick Johnson, the match commander on Sunday, added: "This topic has been debated at length but our position is clear, racism and offensive language have no place in football or indeed in society.
"Those supporters who engage in such behaviour should be under no illusion that they may be committing an offence and may be liable to a warning or be arrested."
Last month Prime Minister David Cameron found himself drawn into the row when, in an interview with the Jewish Chronicle newspaper, he said Spurs fans using the word "Yid" should not be prosecuted.
Cameron said there was a difference between Spurs fans "self-describing themselves as Yids and someone calling someone a Yid as an insult".