Football: West Ham's Masuaku gets 6-match ban for spitting in FA Cup loss, Moyes calls incident 'despicable'

West Ham United defender Arthur Masuaku (left) being sent off during the FA Cup match against Wigan Athletic on Jan 27, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - West Ham defender Arthur Masuaku has been handed a six-match ban following his red card for spitting at an opponent during their FA Cup defeat at Wigan Athletic, the Football Association said on Monday (Jan 29).

The 24-year-old Frenchman was sent off soon after half-time as third-tier side Wigan pulled off the big shock of the fourth round in a famous 2-0 victory on Saturday.

Masuaku will miss West Ham's home league games against Crystal Palace, Watford and Burnley and away fixtures at Brighton, Liverpool and Swansea.

He issued an apology for his actions on Sunday, saying his actions were "unacceptable and out of character".

West Ham boss David Moyes, who is already without a number of players because of injury, described the incident as "despicable".

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