Arthur Masuaku has issued an apology after he was sent off for spitting at Nick Powell in West Ham’s FA Cup defeat at Wigan.
The Frenchman was dismissed the 49th minute following a collision at the side of the pitch.
The Hammers went on to lose the game 2-0 and were eliminated from the tournament, with manager David Moyes livid at the player’s actions.
Masuaku took to social media on Sunday to make a public apology for the way he acted, in the lead up to receiving the first red card of his professional career.
“I want to say sorry for my actions yesterday – I let down my team-mates, the manager, coaches, board and the fans,” Masuaku wrote on Twitter.
“I am very sad because the manager and coaches have put a lot of faith in me but I will work very 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 of my career.”
Following the final whistle at the DW Stadium, Moyes had been quick to condemn the actions of Masuaku.
“Ultimately, Arthur, what he’s done, was despicable,” Moyes said.
“He will deserve everything he gets and he will get something off us as well. It’s unacceptable, totally unacceptable.
“The referee (Chris Kavanagh) doesn’t see it and can’t see it. So it was the players’ reaction that got him sent off. Ultimately they got the right decision so I can have no qualms about it.”