Hammers condemn racist abuse


West Ham have been forced to condemn racist abuse aimed at women’s player Hawa Cissoko in an official statement on the club’s website.

The Hammers player was at the centre of a media storm over the weekend after her actions in a game against Aston Villa.

Cissoko was sent off for throwing what appeared to be a punch at an Aston Villa player in the final moments of the game.

That sparked a mass brawl, that also led to Paul Konchesky, the women’s team manager, being sent to the stands.

However, the club have now confirmed that Cissoko has received a deluge of racist and abusive messages on social media, which the Irons have reported to the police, and to the relevant social media companies.

The Irons have made it clear they have no tolerance whatsoever for the abhorrent racist abuse aimed at Cissoko, and she is continuing to be supported as she works through such a difficult time.

Everyone at C&H would like to send Cissoko our very best wishes.

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