'You've probably been f***ing paid': Rice confronts referee in tunnel
‘You’ve probably been f***ing paid, f***ing corruption’: New footage shows Declan Rice confronting West Ham’s Europa League semi-final referee in the tunnel after Aaron Cresswell and David Moyes were sent off
- West Ham United’s Europa League run came to an end at the semi-final stage
- The Hammers had Aaron Cresswell and manager David Moyes sent off
- Captain Declan Rice could not help but unload his feelings on to the referee
- As he walked down the tunnel, the England international said: ‘How can you be that bad? Honestly you’ve probably been f***ing paid, f***ing corruption’
Video footage has emerged of West Ham captain Declan Rice launching an X-rated tirade at referee Jesus Gil Manzano in the tunnel during the Europa League semi-final loss against Eintracht Frankfurt last night.
The Hammers were reduced to 10 men after 19 minutes with Aaron Cresswell seeing red card and Rice, as the players walked down the tunnel, confronted the Spanish official.
The angry England international said: ‘Ref! Ref! It’s so poor! All night, it’s so bad. How can you be that bad? Honestly you’ve probably been f***ing paid, f***ing corruption.’
UEFA have stated that they will wait upon deciding whether to take action against the 23-year-old or not until they receive the referee’s post-match report.
Video footage has emerged of West Ham captain Declan Rice launching an X-rated tirade at referee Jesus Gil Manzano last night in Frankfurt
Hammers skipper on the night Rice was furious at the official for his decisions on the night
Manager David Moyes also saw red in the second-half, after kicking a ball back in anger in the direction of a ball boy, on a night where the Hammers’ Europa League final dream imploded in Germany.
They lost 1-0 on the night, 3-1 on aggregate, as their spirited European run came to an end.
Rice later said of the officiating, and Cresswell’s red card: ‘The sending off was probably a sending off looking back at it.
‘But some of the other decisions were poor tonight, none seemed to go for us. The referee seemed to make every decision go for them. In the end, when you’ve got someone who is against you, you can’t really do much.’
Moyes’ meltdown towards the end of the match summed up a sorry night for West Ham, with captain Declan Rice describing the defeat as a ‘gutting’ loss afterwards.
David Moyes (centre) was red carded for kicking the ball at a ballboy in a Europa League tie
Emotions boiled over at points, especially after Moyes received his marching orders (above)
Moyes was particularly frustrated with a ballboy (holding ball) taking his time to return the ball
It means West Ham will now not secure Champions League football for next season, and Moyes said: ‘Difficult, disappointed, but extremely proud of the players, how we played with 10 men.
‘We tried, we created chances, but we congratulate Frankfurt. We give them our best wishes.
‘I kicked a ball back at the ballboy. I apologise for that but he threw it back very softly at me.’ Moyes later joked ‘it was nicely on the volley for me’ but reiterated he was sorry for losing his temper.
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