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West Ham's Obinna denies family were racially abused

By Oluwashina Okeleji
BBC Sport, Lagos

Victor Obinna Nsfor in action for West Ham
Obinna says his family were not at the game against Manchester United

West Ham striker Victor Obinna has rejected reports that his family were subjected to racist abuse by fans last Saturday.

The Premier League club announced an investigation into the claims following the 4-2 defeat by Manchester United.

But the player told BBC Sport he was shocked to hear about an incident that never occurred.

"Nothing happened - I do not have any of my family members in England," Obinna told BBC Sport on Tuesday.

"There is no point asking me to confirm or verify an incident that never happened - I was in total shock when I heard and read about it in the papers.

"I didn't have any of my relatives at the game and I do not know anyone who complained of any racial incident at the game."

Reports also suggested that the family of fellow West Ham striker Frederic Piquionne had been abused but Obinna did not know anything about those claims.

Both players came on as substitutes in the match against United, which the visitors won 4-2 to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table.



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