Declan Rice claims referee was ‘against’ West Ham in Eintracht Frankfurt defeat

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Declan Rice criticised the officials after West Ham were knocked out of the Europa League by Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany.

The Hammers had a deficit to overturn after defeat at the London Stadium, but could not extend their European adventure as Rafael Borre gave Frankfurt victory on the night and 3-1 on aggregate.

West Ham’s cause was not helped by Aaron Cresswell being shown a straight red card inside 20 minutes, the second time in the knockout stages that he has been given his marching orders.

While Rice had no complaints with the decision to reduce the visitors to ten men, the Hammers captain, who was booked in the first-half for dissent, took issue with some of the other officiating in the match.

“The sending off was probably a sending off but some of the other decisions were poor tonight,” Rice told BT Sport.

“The ref seemed to make every decision go for them. When you have someone against you, you can’t do much.”

A run that has seen West Ham get past Sevilla and Lyon is now over, with David Moyes’ side unable to find any heroics in front of a raucous Frankfurt crowd.

While there was unsuprisingly huge disappointment in the West Ham camp, there was also plenty of pride as Rice reflected on the journey the team have been on this season.

“We are gutted in there, we have come so far as a group,” Rice said.

“We are not the biggest of squads, to keep playing week in, week out over 50 games, after last year.

“I am proud as well, to go down to ten men and put in that shift. Many teams will go away and lose three or four. To still try to get forward with a man less emphasises everything that West Ham is about. We will fight to the end. So gutted but proud of everyone.

He added: “A red card is always going to make it a mountain to climb. We had genuine belief that over two legs they weren’t going to beat us.

“Of course they are a good side but no way are they better than what Sevilla or Lyon were. Maybe we played a team who play similar to us and it caught us out in the end.

“The first goal killed the atmosphere in the first game and it is a mountain to climb from there. We have come so far, nobody expected West Ham to be here. The boys went out on a high even though we lost.

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