West Ham are in FA Cup action on Saturday against Wigan Athletic, but the day is not going at all to plan for David Moyes.
The Hammers manager made six changes for the clash against the League One side, and went behind in the first half as Wigan striker Will Grigg fired the home side ahead.
Somewhat more seriously, however, West Ham were reduced to ten men early in the second in an incident involving West Ham’s Arthur Masuaku and Wigan’s Nick Powell.
Masuaku responded badly to an aggressive tackle from Powell, and as he was walking away appeared to spit in the direction of the former Manchester United midfielder.
The French defender was promptly sent off for the incident, and West Ham’s afternoon went from bad to worse when Grigg doubled Wigan’s lead from the penalty spot just after the hour mark.
Masuaku, meanwhile, can expect a lengthy ban for the incident.
Clear as day that Masuaku spits at Powell here. Absolutely disgusting. pic.twitter.com/XzbmbHysB8
— Liam Corcoran (@LiamCorcoran28) January 27, 2018
Six games is the mandatory ban for any player who is found guilty of spitting. Masuaku could be spending plenty of time on the sidelines. #WHUFC
— Sam Inkersole (@Sam_InkersoleTM) January 27, 2018
At the time of writing, it remains 2-0 to Wigan with West Ham facing an early exit from the FA Cup.
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