The FA has fined Aston Villa and West Ham United for their roles in the WSL brawl


After an incident in injury time during an October WSL match between Aston Villa and West Ham, the FA punished both clubs, as well as Hawa Cissoko, Paul Konchesky, and Jack Hopkins.

When Villa fullback Sarah Mayling fouled Cissoko, Cissoko retaliated by striking out at her, earning a red card in the final seconds of her team’s 2-1 triumph.

This led to an on-field brawl, which resulted in the dismissals of both teams’ managers: Paul Konchesky of the Hammers and Jack Hopkins of Villa.

For “failing to ensure that their players and/or officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion,” Villa and West Ham were each fined £1,000.

Both clubs rejected the allegations, but an impartial regulatory panel upheld the commission’s findings after a hearing and levied the fines.

As a result of her two violations of FA Rule E3, Cissoko has been suspended for an additional two games (on top of the three she received for her sending off) and fined £200.

The defender said her sending-off-inducing actions were rough but denied any wrongdoing on the sidelines. Both allegations were confirmed by an impartial regulatory body.

After accepting the accusation of improper conduct on the touchline in the 91st minute, Konchesky was fined £325 for violating FA Rule E3.

Despite his denial, Hopkins was also fined £250 for the same infraction as Konchesky. The independent regulatory commission, however, concluded that Hopkins’s allegations were accurate.