Filed: Friday, 21st October 2011
By: Staff Writer
Serial spitter El Hadji Diouf has been training with West Ham, according to current United striker John Carew.
The Senegalese international - who spat at away supporters during a Liverpool v West Ham fixture in November 2002 - was photographed by the Norwegian striker in the dressing rooms this morning and posted on his Twitter feed.
Diouf's mere presence at West Ham has already caused fury amongst the club's supporters, who would almost unanimously condemn any attempts by Sam Allardyce to bring the player to Upton Park.
And that scenario - given the recent loss of David Bentley and Matt Taylor to injury - is a real possibility as Diouf is currently a free agent having been released by former club Blackburn Rovers in August.
West Ham were previously linked with a move for the 30-year-old in 2007 when Alan Curbishley was in charge. One supporter who was present at Anfield when Diouf spat at Hammers fans reacted to todays news by saying: "If he ends up playing for us I will make my way down the the front of the BML and gladly spit back at him. Eggert and Curbs - if it is true. forget it now."
And despite a further four years having passed since then, feelings still run high - as has been revealed today. "I don't boo our players, but I will make an exception for him," said one fan, posting on the KUMB forums this morning - whilst another incredulous fan added, "Please say we're not going to stoop that low - are we?"
El Hadji Diouf, posted by John Carew on his Twitter feed this morning with the message "can u peeps guesss who showed up for training today?"
Diouf has a long history of anti-social behaviour, beginning with the time he spat at Hammers fans whilst warming up on the sidelines during that Premiership clash with Liverpool, who brought the player to England.
Having got off the hook on that occasion due to the failure of Merseyside Police to act, just four months later he was caught on camera spitting at Celtic fans during a televised UEFA Cup game - an offence for which he received a two-match ban and £5,000 fine.
As if he couldn't stoop any lower, a year later in 2004 he was accused of spitting at an 11-year-old Middlesbrough supporter whilst on loan at Bolton - shortly before he received another ban for spitting in the face of then-Portsmough player Arjan de Zeeuw.
Having managed to keep out of the spotlight for several years - ironically whilst working under Sam Allardyce at Bolton - Diouf was questioned by Police on 2009 regarding alleged racist remarks he made towards a ball-boy, to whom he reportedly said, "f*** off, white boy".
2010 failed to see the notorious African out of the spotlight; after being charged by Police with motoring offences he was later accused by Neil Warnock of mocking one of his players who has sustained a broken leg.
As recently as March this year, Diouf received a £5,000 fine from the Scottish FA for being one of three players sent off in an auld firm derby. He was also the victim of a prank call in 2009 during which he threatened to rape the caller's mother and children.
* Outraged at the thought of Diouf joining West Ham? Or do think it's time to let bygones be bygones? Have your say on the KUMB.com forum.
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07:52PM 24th Oct 2011
''@gportugal: Have to disagree. We won't be degrading ourselves as a club. Cos it ain't our decision! Sold and Gullible will be degrading our club, and there's nowt we can do about it.
No, I don't want that... individual... at the Boleyn either. I was alarmed and worried when there were rumours about signing him in the summer, given how BFS was busy importing ex-BFS lumps. I was as delighted when the window shut with no action. Now? Don't want him, don't see how would improve us.''
by Alex P
02:35PM 24th Oct 2011
''Diouf will do a job in the Championship...''
08:09AM 22nd Oct 2011
''There are limits. Taking on Lee Bowyer when we did was one thing, but Doiuf is beyond the pale.
There are a lot of dirtbags in professional football. Too many in fact. Virtually every team has some. Which is why attendance is so poor at many clubs. Supporters have clearly had enough of shelling out cash for overpaid, low-life vermin that grace football pitches across the UK. Absolute bottom of the barrel filth in some cases.
But that is no excuse for us taking on Diouf. If we take Diouf, we would be degrading ourselves as a club. It is completely unacceptable and both Allardyce and the owners should respect the opinions of paying supporters in this issue.''
07:23AM 22nd Oct 2011
''Tevez is the biggest trouble maker in football. We had Bowyer twice, Di Canio, Bellamy, Dyer, and was trying to sign Barton! Who cares if he gets us up. All footballers are part time, only here for the money.''
01:28AM 22nd Oct 2011
''I would be a bit concerned that the headline is actionable and would recommend changing it.''
by frank girdler
12:16AM 22nd Oct 2011
''If all that I've read is true, what is he still doing playing football in this country? Never mind playing football for West Ham United. Hello!
We would like quality players that have talent and respect and players that children can look up to ie gentlemen. If all is true about this player then the fans of West Ham United fans e.tc have a right to be unhappy with this.''
by HIbs hammers
09:30PM 21st Oct 2011
''F*%& off, scumbag.''
by AUSSIE AL
08:55PM 21st Oct 2011
''This had better be a joke as all Hell will break loose if this low-life ever gets to don a West Ham kit...''
06:34PM 21st Oct 2011
''If we sign this nasty piece of work it will just about sum up the way our club is going.
First we have owners that despite their so called love for the club are only in it for their own pockets. Secondly we have a manager that only knows one way to play with long-ball tactics and now, to put the icing on the cake, he wants to give this obnoxious person a chance to play for us despite his previous history against us.
That is really rubbing our faces in it!''
by Søren Vestergaard
06:12PM 21st Oct 2011
''No way! If he signs Allardyce must go. This is not acceptable.''
by The Old Man of Storr
05:49PM 21st Oct 2011
''Great idea! Let's spring Peter Sutcliffe out of jail, they'd be fantastic up front together.''
03:42PM 21st Oct 2011
''I don't like Diouf at all, but I don't like being in the Championship either. It has been nine years since the incident against Liverpool and i think we need to be thicker-skinned and take a player that has a decent chance of helping us get promoted.
The Championship is probably about right for where he should be playing now so should he drop down to the Championship I'd rather he was playing for us than against us. That said, if we do get promoted we should get rid immediatly next season.''
by ian smith
02:44PM 21st Oct 2011
''I spoke to a Dutch guy yesterday who has connections inside SC Heracles Almelond. He told me that West Ham have just put in a £4million bid for Glynor plet. He does look similar to El Hadji. I was told the deal is almost sealed, do not know if he has been training with the team this week. He has scored six goals in the Dutch league this season but was in and out of the side last season.''
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