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West Ham’s Hawa Cissoko reveals the racist abuse she has gone under following a red card

West Ham defender Hawa Cissoko has revealed the racist abuse she endured on social media following a red card she received last year.

In October last year, during a Women’s Super League match against Aston Villa, the France international became the target of hate speech on social media due to a contentious incident.

Cissoko was involved in a confrontation with Villa’s Sarah Mayling, which culminated in her striking her opponent and subsequently receiving a red card.

The 26-year-old acknowledges that she was unprepared for the deluge of hateful messages she received but found a method to alleviate the impact.

“It’s not that I thought the men were lying or that it wasn’t happening to them, but it never happens in women’s football, or maybe if it did then the women were quiet [and didn’t make it public],” Cissoko told The Guardian.

“I didn’t expect it would happen to me, especially when the people that did it don’t even watch our games. If it was from people who follow the league, I would understand a little bit more, but when it was from not even French or English people I was like: ‘You should focus on your own business.’ I realised: ‘OK, some people are just racist and they just find every opportunity to be racist and say whatever they want.’

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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