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Karren Brady defends West Ham’s stance on Democratic Football Lads Alliance

• Vice-chair highlights club’s record fighting discrimination
• She says singling out DFLA gives them ‘oxygen and publicity’

Karren Brady has defended West Ham’s work combating racism in the face of calls for the club to issue an unequivocal condemnation of the Democratic Football Lads Alliance.

Unmesh Desai, a London assembly member and a trustee of the West Ham United Foundation, has asked West Ham’s board for a statement against the DFLA, a group accused of spreading Islamophobia and of having links with far-right organisations, before this Saturday’s game against Everton at the London Stadium. An open letter from Desai was signed by Rokhsana Fiaz, the mayor of Newham, John Biggs, the mayor of Tower Hamlets, and four Labour MPs on Tuesday.

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