Kalvin Phillips Insults West Ham Fans with Obscene Gesture After West Ham Defeat to Newcastle

Kalvin Phillips Insults West Ham Fans with Obscene Gesture After West Ham Defeat to Newcastle

Rene Otinga
updated at March 31, 2024 at 11:37 AM
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  • Kalvin Phillips was involved in a confrontation with West Ham fans
  • The midfielder conceded a penalty that led to a Newcastle comeback
  • Newcastle came from behind to beat West Ham, 4-3 in a thriller

Kalvin Phillips appears to have had enough.

The midfielder has gone viral on social media for an explicit gesture towards irate West Ham fans after the Hammers’ defeat to Newcastle United on Saturday, March 30.

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A dejected Kalvin Phillips during the Premier League match against Newcastle United on March 30, 2024 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt.
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Phillips had an afternoon to forget at St James’ Park, as he was subbed on with his side leading 3-1 but the game was turned on its head thanks to a penalty he conceded.

He gave away a controversial penalty, which was converted by Alexander Isak to make it 3-2, and The Magpies completed a remarkable comeback through Harvey Barnes’ late brace.

Phillips responds to criticism

Spirits in the West Ham camp were inevitably low after the game.

This was evident from Phillips’ reaction to heckling from fans as he made his way to the team bus, as a video that is going viral on social media appears to show the 28-year-old showing the fans his middle finger.

Moments earlier, a fan could be heard calling out the Manchester City loanee, "Useless! Absolutely useless!"

What’s worse was Phillips issued the gesture in the presence of several young children.

Phillips’ spell at West Ham

After failing to cement a consistent spot in the Manchester City side under Pep Guardiola, Phillips was loaned out to the West London club for an undisclosed fee.

This was in a bid to get more minutes and perhaps boost his chances of making Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2024 squad.

But since signing for the Hammers in January, the former Leeds man has continued to struggle, and his performances have earned him criticism from West Ham fans, who are aware that the club s covering his full £140,000-a-week-wages until the end of the season.

After the Newcastle defeat, David Moyes admitted the decision to bring on Phillips for Michail Antonio “did not work”.

"We tried to give ourselves another midfield player at 3-1 up and we didn't want to wait for it to get to 3-2,” he said, per Sky Sports.

It doesn’t get any easier for West Ham, as they have another crunch game on Tuesday, April 2 against Tottenham.

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Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and TUKO.co.ke.