By Joe Ellis

6th Jan, 2023 | 2:40pm

Kick It Out contact Leeds United over Wilfried Gnonto chant v West Ham United, Chris Sutton shares tweet

Kick It Out have been in touch with Leeds United over a chant their fans sang about Italian striker Wilfried Gnonto in the 2-2 draw against West Ham.

After the teenager had put the Whites ahead with a cleverly-taken goal, some sections of Elland Road could be heard singing a song which included a reference to the size of his penis.

The Daily Mail shared the story which was then reposted on Twitter by Chris Sutton and a Kick It Out within the article calls for fans to be more family-friendly in their chanting.

“While we believe the majority of fans singing this chant are not doing so with racist intent, we would stress that racial stereotypes are harmful and offensive, irrespective of the intention to show support for a player,” the statement read.

“We urge fans to show their support with more family-friendly language which would enable all supporters to get behind their team. We are currently in contact with Leeds and will be working closely with the club to ensure action is taken.”

19 years of age

When you take a step back and think about what is being said, it is actually rather sickening to think that so many see it as ok to talk about a teenager’s genitalia in such a manner.

He’s only a small lad as well at five-foot-eight so it doesn’t even make sense.

Gnonto could be a genuine star for Leeds United in the future but if fans are going to chant such things about him then he might not be that happy to stay for too long.

He has already proved a lot of people wrong after a deal to sign him from FC Zurich was rushed through on transfer deadline day and the last thing Victor Orta and Jesse Marsch want is him becoming unhappy with what the fans are singing.

There are so many good qualities about him that the Elland Road faithful can focus on so it is time to bury this chant for good and come up with something everyone can sing.

In other Leeds United news, a new defender is on the agenda for Orta in January and this teenager might be the answer to his and Marsch’s prayers.