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Apologetic Masuaku will get what he deserves for spit shame, says Moyes

Wigan Athletic 2 West Ham United 0

By Paul Burrows

David Moyes looks set to take action against West Ham United defender Arthur Masuaku following his red card for spitting in the 2-0 defeat by Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

The 24-year-old was shown a straight red card by referee Chris Kavanagh after he was adjudged to have spat at Wigan's Nick Powell, having reacted to a challenge from the midfielder. Television cameras picked up the moment that led to Masuaku's dismissal, and Moyes confirmed afterwards that the club will take action against the Frenchman.

"He will deserve everything he gets and he will get something he deserves from us. It's unacceptable," said Moyes.

"It was despicable. I've not seen it from him. We like him, he's a really good boy around the club. I've enjoyed him so I'd have to say it is out of character."

Masuaku is likely to receive a six-match ban from the Football Association unless he challenges the sending-off, while West Ham could fine the player, with the club also able to suspend him if they deem the incident worthy of such a punishment.

Yesterday, Masuaku tweeted: "I want to say sorry for my actions yesterday - I let down my team-mates, the manager, coaches, board and the fans.

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

"It was in the heat of the moment and out of character for me but I know it was totally unacceptable and I will learn from the first red card of my career."

The distasteful incident marred what was already a bad day for West Ham, as the 2-0 FA Cup defeat was preceded by the loss of Pedro Obiang to injury, with the midfielder suffering possible damage to his knee ligaments that could see him sidelined for the foreseeable future.

"Pedro looks as if he's got a medial knee ligament [injury]," Moyes added.

"We'll need to get over this quick and get on with it, but that's the job. Premier League games come around quickly and we'll get some players back fit, but obviously we've lost a couple more today."

Hammers back-up goalkeeper Joe Hart had Gareth Southgate assessing his England credentials at Wigan and admitted the visitors' fringe players failed to impress.

Hart could do little about either of Northern Ireland star Will Grigg's goals - the first was a header powered into the top corner from close range and the second was a penalty slotted down the middle - but the keeper conceded there was a sense of personal disappointment with Southgate watching on.

"Everything that could have gone wrong went wrong but I think we've only got ourselves to blame with a number of the incidents that have gone on, so it's very disappointing," Hart said in quotes published on

"We conceded early but I don't think that's a good enough excuse. You go 1-0 down, you pick yourself up and get back in the game. It's a cup game and you keep fighting.

"It goes without saying that we didn't take our chances to impress. It's very disappointing on my behalf, because I want to perform and losing 2-0 at Wigan is difficult, so I'm struggling for positives."

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