West Ham United academy coach cleared to return after attending Democratic Football Lads Alliance march

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West Ham United academy coach cleared to return after attending Democratic Football Lads Alliance march


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The Hammers’ inquiry found there was insufficient grounds to sacked Under-18s coach Mark Phillips

West Ham United have reinstated academy coach Mark Phillips after investigating his involvement in a march organised by the Democratic Football Lads Alliance (DFLA).

The Hammers suspended Phillips in October after he attended a DFLA march through London and later defended the group on Twitter, which has been accused of Islamophobia and racism.

The club have reinstated Phillips for his part in the march

The club have reinstated Phillips for his part in the march

“West Ham United can confirm that following suspension and subsequent investigation, academy coach Mark Phillips has been reinstated to his role in accordance with employment law, and has been reminded of his responsibilities,” a club statement said.

West Ham launched an investigation due to concerns Phillips’ social media posts may have broken club regulations and he was suspended.

It is understood the club’s inquiry found there were not sufficient grounds for dismissing Phillips for breaching the Hammers’ social media policy and bringing the club into disrepute.

But Phillips, who coaches West Ham’s under-18s, has been given a final warning over his conduct.





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