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West Ham predicted Arthur Masuaku would be sent off for spitting in a match programme

The Frenchman was sent off for gobbing on Wigan's Nick Powell as the Hammers lost 2-0, but the club saw it coming a week ago

When it rains it pours at West Ham.

Not only did they go down 2-0 to League One opposition when Will Grigg fired Wigan to victory in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday, but to make matters worse Arthur Masuaku was sent off for spitting at Nick Powell.

Not only is it an offence which carries a pretty heft ban it is also disgusting to gob on another player.


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Wigan players were understandably angry

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Wigan players were understandably angry

Weirdly, it’s not the first time a player has done it in the FA Cup this season – Leeds’ Samuel Saiz was banned for six games for spitting on a Newport player.

Anyway West Ham may have predicted what King Arthur was capable of when they featured as the cover star of their match programme for the Premier League tie with Bournemouth last week.

Ironically the club labelled Masauku ‘king of the dribble’ for that game not knowing that just a week later he would be dribbling on Powell and facing half a dozen games on the sidelines.


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Let’s be completely honest here, spitting is a low act and warrants a longer ban than a horror challenge or verbal lobby.

Masuaku has apologised for hawking on a fellow professional but not before David Moyes reportedly let rip at the 24-year-old.

Apparently in the dressing room after the game a livid Moyes gave the player a dressing down in front of all his team mates for the stupid act which not only put the team down to 10 men for most of the second half but means the manager will be without another of his key players for the coming weeks.

Yep, that will be a straight red

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Yep, that will be a straight red

Marko Arnautovic, Manuel Lanzini, Andy Carrol, Mark Noble, Jose Fonte and Cheikhou Kouyate are all on the injury bench and it looks like Masuaku will be banned for several weeks for his mindless act.

Moyeseh will not be pleased.