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A passenger on New York's subway claims that she was attacked by a man after she asked him to stop manspreading. 

Manspreading – when a man takes up as much room as humanly possible by spreading their legs wide open – is generally now considered to be a public transport faux pas if it encroaches on another passengers space. 

Sam Saia said that she was attacked by a man on the underground train when she asked him to move over. 

'He proceeded to press me against the wall and manspread excessively,' she told her Twitter followers, after detailing how the stranger had sat beside her on the tram. 

When she asked him to move over, he began to verbally assault her, 

'When I asked him to give me room, he yelled "b**** you aint nothing! I've raped white b****** like you, you f****** c***,' she alleges. 

She then put her earphones in to ignore his tirade, which made the man more aggressive and launch a physical attack. 

Saia was punched by them man and had her head bashed into the wall. She uploaded photos of her injuries to Twitter. 

A male passenger on the train leapt to her defence, and made the attacker get off the train at the next stop. 

Part of the incident was caught on camera by another commuter.

Initially, Saia told The Sun that she was given the runaround by the authorities when she attempted to report the incident. 

However, since her story has gone viral, she has been contacted by the police who want to investigate the assault. 

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There is nothing more uncomfortable than being pressed up against the window of the Luas thanks to the vastly spread legs of the man sitting beside you. 

Being confronted with a full frontal view of a crotch definitely isn't what we need to be seeing at 8am, thanks though. 

The phenomenon of manspreading – the act where men open their legs as wide as is gymnastically possible while on public transport – has been recognised as an issue by the Madrid government.

The city has officially banned the act on trains and buses (much to the delight of the extra people who can now sit comfortably while trying to get from A to B).

The city’s Municipal Transportation Company plan on installing new signs in all its carriages and transport vehicles.

The women of Madrid have been petitioning for months to have the issue addressed, creating a change.org campaign and hashtag to call attention to manspreading.

'Manspreading is the practice of certain men sitting with their legs wide open on public transport, taking up other people’s space,' reads their manifesto. 

'It is not something that occurs sporadically, if you pay attention you’ll see that it is a very common practice.'

The ban was introduced by Spanish left-wing party Podemo. 

'We believe that putting a name to, and making visible these kinds of daily sexist behaviour that go unnoticed, is the way ahead to become more aware, seeing what we used not to see and leaving inequality and machismo behind,' said Clara Serra of Podemo, according to Newstalk.

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