West Ham have announced they have reached out to police and social media companies about “a number of racist and abusive messages” sent to defender Hawa Cissoko after last weekend’s 2-1 win over Aston Villa.
During Saturday’s Women’s Super League game at Poundland Bescot Stadium, Cissoko was sent off late after an altercation with Villa’s Sarah Mayling.
Cissoko posted a message on Twitter later that day that read, “I’m lucky it doesn’t affect me much! Because there’s some bullshit and (very aggressive) insults flying around! It makes you want to kill yourself!’
On Thursday, the 25-year-old France international released a statement saying: “West Ham United can confirm that we reported a number of racist and abusive messages to our player Hawa Cissoko following Saturday’s Barclays Women’s Super League game against Aston. Villa.
“While we in no way condone Hawa’s actions on the pitch, for which she has apologized, everyone at the club is disgusted by the hateful content of the online messages that are subsequently sent to her. They were immediately passed on to the police and reported to the relevant social media companies.
‘There is no place for this in society and we condemn it unconditionally. Hawa continues to receive the full support of everyone at the club, including through our dedicated employee assistance program, which provides care and protection for the well-being of all staff.
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West Ham United remain unequivocal in their position: we have a zero-tolerance approach to any form of discrimination. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of the football club and we are urging social media platforms and regulators to tighten their measures to prevent this abhorrent behaviour.”
Cissoko himself posted a tweet that read: “”Black ass, n****, hello Africa, Antonio, Lukaku, Kamini” and so on! For responding to an action? But what do my origins, my skin color and my build have to do with this story? alala’
She also posted a message saying: “I want to express my sincere regret for my actions towards the end of the game on Saturday.
The defender was evicted for the altercation and apologized in the aftermath, with West Ham now revealing that they had contacted the relevant authorities about the racist abuse
“There was no excuse for my reaction, especially since I am considered a role model for others. I want to apologize to my opponent, my teammates and our supporters.
“Unlike those who take pleasure in sending me insulting and hateful messages, I want to say a huge thank you to those who have sent me messages of support.”
Villa boss Carla Ward previously described online abuse of both Cissoko and Mayling as “horrific” and “absolutely unacceptable.”
During her press conference ahead of Saturday’s trip to Everton, Ward said: “Sarah and Hawa have been the victims of some, quite frankly, horrific abuse, both online.
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‘They’re both people, good people too. They have been involved in an altercation that took place in a very charged and emotional game, and I’m sure they both deeply regret the incident that happened.
But the fact of the matter is neither, no one deserves to go through what they went through in terms of that online abuse.
“No one should submit to that. I think the abuse was absolutely unacceptable to both of them.”
Hammers boss Paul Konchesky was also sent off for ‘aggressive behavior’ on the sidelines
Following Cissoko’s resignation, West Ham boss Paul Konchesky was also shown a red card for his involvement in a subsequent altercation.
The Football Association released several charges on Thursday afternoon regarding the end of the game, saying in a statement: ‘Aston Villa Women and West Ham United Women have been charged with violating FA rule E20 after their Women’s Super League game on Saturday, October 15. 2022. Both clubs would not have ensured that their players and/or officials behaved in an orderly manner around the 91st minute.
Hawa Cissoko has been charged with two FA Rule E3 violations. It is alleged that the West Ham defender’s behavior was violent after the offense for which she was subsequently sent off, and that it was also technically inappropriate afterwards.
Paul Konchesky and Jack Hopkins have been charged with violating FA Rule E3. It is alleged that the behavior of the West Ham manager and Aston Villa assistant around the 91st minute was also inappropriate.”
The clubs, Cissoko, Konchesky and Hopkins have until Monday to decide