‘F****** corruption’ – West Ham star could face UEFA ban after Europa League outburst at referee

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West Ham midfielder Declan Rice complains to the referee Credit: PA Images
West Ham midfielder Declan Rice complains to the referee Credit: PA Images

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice could face punishment from UEFA after an explicit rant at the referee of their Europa League semi-final second leg.

The Hammers were dumped out of the competition after a 3-1 aggregate loss against Eintracht Frankfurt.

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A 1-0 defeat in Germany on Thursday night put the tie to bed, with Aaron Cresswell’s first-half sending off making things difficult for David Moyes’ side early on.

Moyes was also sent off after kicking a ball at a ballboy. After the game, the Scottish manager said: “I have to apologise for kicking the ball, but the ball boy left it short and it was nicely on the volley for me. But I apologised for it.”

He was also not impressed with the referee, Jesus Gil Manzano, saying: “I thought it wasn’t great officiating tonight, but I think Aaron’s given the referee a decision to make.”

Moyes was not the only one angry with Manzano with Rice taking exception to some of the Spaniard’s decision making.

In the aftermath of West Ham’s European exit, a video emerged on social media of the England international berating the referee in the tunnel.

Rice told the referee: “It’s so poor, all night it’s so bad. How can you be that bad? Honestly, you’ve probably been f****** paid. F****** corruption.”

As per Mirror journalist Alex Richards, the 23-year-old could face a UEFA ban for his outburst.

Richards wrote on Twitter: “UEFA say they’re waiting for the referee’s report before deciding if they’ll take action against Declan Rice.”

Many have criticised Rice for his actions with the general consensus being that the referee didn’t have a poor game.

Speaking immediately after the loss in Germany, the midfielder said: “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 Sevilla or Lyon [who West Ham beat previously].

“The sending-off was probably a sending-off but some of the other decisions were poor tonight. The ref seemed to make every decision go for them. When you have someone against you, you can’t do much.”

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