West Ham's Arthur Masuaku Could Face Lengthy Ban For Spitting Incident
David Moyes may have to do without Arthur Masuaku for longer than a usual three match suspension after the full-back received his marching orders for spitting at Wigan Athletic's Max Power.
The Latics caused an upset with the League One outfit dumping the Premier League Hammers out of the FA Cup fourth round with a 2-0 victory, this afternoon. But the game was marred by controversy, as Masuaku became involved in an ugly incident, which resulted in the defender being sent off.
Masuaku has been sent off for an alleged off the ball incident. #WIGWHU 1-0 (49)- West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 27, 2018
What a day for the club! The DW was rocking :clap::large_blue_circle::white_circle: pic.twitter.com/dmlz1tklTu- Max Power (@mp_1825) January 27, 2018
The 24-year-old Frenchman has drawn the ire of fans and pundits alike with his actions, today, with Chris Waddle calling for the former Valenciennes player to be banned for 20 games, while former Hull City boss Phil Brown branded Masuaku a 'disgrace' for his actions.
"It's an absolute disgrace," Brown said on BBC 5 Live. "David Moyes will be incensed by it.
"I'm not sure what it was about but you've got to show at least some level of control."
While the Frenchman will receive a three match ban as a standard punishment for his sending off, the spit, should it be included in the referee's match report, will see Masuaku banned for another three games on top of that.
#WHUFC - So long as referee Chris Kavanagh includes Masuaku's spit in his report, the defender will face an automatic SIX match ban.- Jack Rosser (@JackRosser_) January 27, 2018
Games he would miss (unless tie is turned around):
Arthur Masuaku given a straight red for spitting at a Wigan player. Ridiculous behaviour.- West Hαm Sociαl (@WestHamSocial) January 27, 2018
Cisse and Evans got banned for 7 and 6 games for spitting.- Geo Mackie (@redhammer8) January 27, 2018
Absolutely disgusting and stupid from Masuaku. Could be a lengthy ban.
Confirmation that Masuaku saw red for spitting. No words for that. pic.twitter.com/NCHqnFXkLS- Graeme Howlett (@kumbdotcom) January 27, 2018
Masuaku arrived at West Ham during the 2016/17 season and has so far made 39 appearances for the Hammers, scoring once.
What was going through his head today, though and what caused him to spit at Power?
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