A shocking incident occurred earlier this week in a match involving the women’s teams of West Ham and Tottenham.
West Ham striker Whitney Locke was involved in a tussle for possession on the edge of the penalty area when she fell to the ground.
Tottenham’s Alexandra Keown then cynically stamped on her opponent’s head in a moment of pure madness. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).
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This prompted boos and cries of “ref!” from the crowd but, incredibly, Keown avoided punishment for her awful act of violence.
Locke could have suffered a serious injury; however, she laughed it off on Twitter after the match, which ended 1-0 to the Hammers.
Video: Keown stamps on Locke
“Getting my head stamped on during the game lol!! But we won !! COYI” she tweeted in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Katie Bottom scored the winning goal for West Ham at Upton Park with a 69th-minute penalty.
And the morning after the match, West Ham’s ladies side received a special tweet from the club’s joint chairman David Gold.
“Congratulations @westhamladies you did us proud. Well done. dg,” he posted.
Head stamps must result in legnthy bans
Whether Keown will receive a retrospective ban is currently unclear. If such a thing happened in a Premier League match, the perpetrator would receive a lengthy suspension - and rightly so.
Mario Balotelli was found guilty of stamping on the head of Scott Parker while playing for Manchester City in 2012 and was hit with a four-match ban.
Anything less for Keown and she can consider herself very fortunate.
West Ham men's team also impressing
It’s not just the West Ham ladies team who are winning matches at the moment; their male counterparts aren’t performing too badly, either.
Slaven Bilic’s men are currently fifth in the Premier League table and have a chance to secure a top-four finish - something that would have seemed unthinkable at the beginning of the season.
The Hammers have recorded three victories in a row - against Sunderland, Tottenham and Everton - and are above Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea.
West Ham take on Manchester United in the FA Cup on Sunday before resuming their Premier League campaign against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on 19 March.
That’s followed by back-to-back home matches against Crystal Palace and Arsenal and then a visit to the King Power Stadium to take on league-leaders Leicester City on 17 April.
The Hammers face West Brom (A), Swansea City (H) and Stoke City (A) in their final three league fixtures of the 2015-16 campaign.
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