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West Ham defender gets 6-game ban for spitting

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  • West Ham United's Arthur Masuaku, left, leaves the field after being sent-off during the FA Cup, fourth round match against Wigan at the DW Stadium, Wigan, England, Saturday Jan. 27, 2018. Arthur Masuaku apologized Sunday for spitting at opponent during West Ham’s FA Cup defeat to Wigan. The defender was sent off during the Hammers’ 2-0 defeat to third-tier Wigan on Saturday as he reacted to a challenge from Nick Powell. (Anthony Devlin/PA via AP)

    West Ham United's Arthur Masuaku, left, leaves the field after being sent-off during the FA Cup, fourth round match against Wigan at the DW Stadium, Wigan, England, Saturday Jan. 27, 2018. Arthur Masuaku apologized Sunday for spitting at opponent during West Ham’s FA Cup defeat to Wigan. The defender was sent off during the Hammers’ 2-0 defeat to third-tier Wigan on Saturday as he reacted to a challenge from Nick Powell. (Anthony Devlin/PA via AP)
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LONDON -- West Ham defender Arthur Masuaku has been banned for six games for spitting at an opponent during an FA Cup match.

The Football Association says Masuaku will be out until March 10 after the incident that took place during West Ham's 2-0 loss at Wigan on Saturday.

The French left back has apologized for spitting, saying it was "totally unacceptable" and "out of character."

West Ham manager David Moyes said Masuaku's act was "despicable" and that his player "will deserve everything he gets."

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