West Ham: Arthur Masuaku Given Six-Match Ban For Spitting At Wigan’s Nick Powell During FA Cup Tie

Chris Wright

29th, January 2018

1 Comment

Embed from Getty Images

The FA have hit Arthur Masuaku with a six-match ban after the full-back was sent off for spitting at Nick Powell during West Ham’s dismal 2-0 defeat against Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup fourth round.

Masuaku was dismissed just a few minutes after the half-time restart when he reacted to a minor buffeting from Powell by gobbing on the Latics midfielder.

Hammers boss David Moyes was quick to denounce the 24-year-old’s conduct as “despicable” after the match, with Masuaku similarly swift in issuing an apology.

The FA have now confirmed that Masuaku will serve a mandatory six-match ban, meaning that he won’t be available for selection until the 18th March – West Ham’s home tie against Manchester United.

Of course, spitting is foul and should be punished heavily. It just always seems odd that violent, potentially leg-breaking lunges (*cough, cough*) don’t seem to carry the same weight.

Football and it’s taboos, eh?

Posted in FA Cup, West Ham Utd, Wigan Athletic

Share this article: Email

1 Comment

  1. Archer says:

    Wholeheartedly agree, Chris.

    The lack of punishment that Bennett of Cardiff city gets for that shocking challenge (ditto for many others we see like that) really sickens me.

    As disgusting as spitting is, the gozz can be wiped off, whereas real damage has been done to Sanes ankle. Wishing him a speedy recovery.

Leave a Reply