West Ham suspends coach after marching with right-wing group

Mounted police horses react to a flare going off during an anti-fascist demonstration held in protest against a rival march by the Football Lads Alliance march, London, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
A police officer is dismounted as he helps stop a breakaway from the main Football Lads Alliance march, as they attempt to get close to a rival anti-fascist demonstration in London, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

LONDON — Premier League club West Ham has suspended a youth team coach after he took part in march organized by a right-wing political group.

Mark Phillips posted on Twitter that he participated Saturday when hundreds of supporters of the Democratic Football Lads Alliance walked in central London.

The Football Lads website said the march was meant to protest Islamic extremists returning to England from Syria, migrants coming into Britain and what it called the mistreatment of U.K. veterans.

One arrest was made as the march turned violent. There is no suggestion Phillips broke any laws.

West Ham is now looking into the matter.

The east London club says "we have a zero tolerance policy to any form of violent or abusive behavior. We continue to protect and cherish those values. And we remain committed to ensuring that every single member of the West Ham family feels safe, respected and included."

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