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'It was in the heat of the moment': West Ham defender apologises for spitting

Arthur Masuaku is facing a lengthy ban.

The defender saw red during yesterday's FA Cup defeat to Wigan.
The defender saw red during yesterday's FA Cup defeat to Wigan.
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WEST HAM DEFENDER Arthur Masuaku has publicly apologised for spitting at Nick Powell during the FA Cup loss to Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

Masuaku faces a six-match suspension after being shown a straight red card for the incident at the DW Stadium.

Hammers boss David Moyes labelled the action “despicable” and agreed with the referee’s decision to send him off.

And the 24-year-old has now taken to social media to apologise, albeit without mentioning former Manchester United midfielder Powell.

“I want to say sorry for my actions on Saturday. I let down my team-mates, the manager, coaches, board and the fans,” he said in a club statement .

“I am very sad because the manager and coaches have put a lot of faith in me but I will work very hard to try and win that back.

“It was in the heat of the moment and out of character for me.

“I know it was totally unacceptable and I will learn from the first red card of my career.”

Should Masuaku be given the expected six-match ban, he will miss clashes with the likes of Liverpool, Burnley and Crystal Palace.

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