By Sam Stone

2nd Nov, 2022 | 10:10pm

Hawa Cissoko receives longest ban in WSL history after West Ham United incident v Aston Villa

Hawa Cissoko has been handed the longest-ever ban for an on-the-field incident in WSL history after lashing out in West Ham United’s 2-1 win over Aston Villa.

The Telegraph report (2 November), that her initial three-game ban has been upgraded to five after being found guilty of improper and violent conduct.

The improper conduct charge relates to a melee which ensued in the technical area after she was leaving the field of play after her dismissal.

She will learn

Cissoko’s actions were clearly not acceptable and she has been rightfully banned after completely losing her head against the Villans. Manager Paul Konchesky was also fined for his involvement in the incident in what was a heated meeting between the sides.

West Ham Zone’s exclusive Women’s team expert Michelle Irons has previously spoken out on the incident and believes Villa’s players aren’t exempt from their involvement in the incident.

It’s also been reported that Cissoko has received abuse as a result of her red card which is something that should never be part of the game and is significantly worse than what happened on the pitch. Cissoko’s absence will be a huge blow for Konchesky after his team’s strong start to their WSL campaign.

The Hammers currently sit in seventh position and are coming off a defeat to league leaders Arsenal, who yet again look in imperious form in the early part of the season.

West Ham face Brighton and Leicester in their next two league fixtures, with the Irons looking to close the gap on the top teams in the division.