West Ham joint-chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan have written an open letter to the club's fans, urging them to "show the world what being a West Ham fan is all about" with impeccable behaviour at Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with Chelsea.

During Tottenham's 3-1 victory over their London rivals at White Hart Lane last weekend, a section of Irons travelling supporters mocked the stabbing of a Spurs fan in Rome. A group of away fans were also heard hissing, mimicking the sound of Jews being gassed during the Second World War, and also chanted the name of Adolf Hitler.

One of West Ham's fans was banned for life because of the chanting and two supporters cautioned by police for a racially aggravated public order offence. Gold and Sullivan said in their letter: "We know we can count on all of you to provide the customary passionate backing for the team that we have witnessed in every game since we arrived at the club."

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