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18th Oct 2022

West Ham’s Hawa Cissoko receives racist abuse and threats after punch

Simon Lloyd

Cissoko was red carded during West Ham’s win over Villa on Saturday

West Ham’s Hawa Cissoko has reportedly received racist abuse and threats over social media following her sending off against Aston Villa on Saturday.

Cissoko saw red in the closing stages of the WSL game after throwing a punch at Villa’s Sarah Mayling. The defender was then involved in a heated exchange with the Villa bench as she made her way off the pitch.

According to the Daily Mail, Cissoko has since received a number of threatening messages, some of which being racist.

The same report adds that West Ham are dealing with the issue internally and will not be making any further comments for the time being.

West Ham were able to cling to their 2-1 lead in the aftermath of Cissoko’s dismissal, although their manager, Paul Konchesky, was also sent off following Cissoko’s red card.

Asked after the game if his sending off had been unfair, Konchesky said: “Probably, because I’m sticking up for my player who is getting stuff said to her.

“Whatever the consequences are, I’ll take. We don’t want to see that, I get it, but I’ll stick up for my players, so I have.”

Reports of Cissoko being racially abused over social media come days after Brentford striker Ivan Toney shared a screen shot of a vile racist slur he had received over Instagram over the weekend.

Meta, who own Instagram, have since said they were unable to take action against the account responsible for the abusive message as it had not been reported through their in-programme tool.

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