New West Ham United midfielder Diego Poyet has apologised after calling West Ham United "scum" during his Charlton Athletic days

Diego Poyet only joined the Hammers from Championship side Charlton this summer. Picture: Action Images

Diego Poyet only joined the Hammers from Championship side Charlton this summer. Picture: Action Images

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Diego Poyet has issued an apology to West Ham United supporters following an offensive tweet posted during his time at former club, Charlton Athletic. 

In 2012, the 19-year-old midfielder, who recently joined from the Addicks on a four-year deal, tweeted an offensive message branding West Ham "scum".

The tweet was sent before a game at Upton Park between the Hammers and Brighton and Hove Albion, then managed by his father Gus, and read: “we hate West Ham #scum”.

Reacting to calls for him to apologise, Poyet said: “For all you getting on to me about that tweet two years ago, it was banter between some of my friends and me when I went to watch a game and I was supporting my dad’s team.

“I was 16 at the time and very naive, I will learn from my mistakes. Obviously, I regret it looking at it now but there is nothing I can do about it. I apologise, I am very happy to be at the club and have loved my time here so far.”

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