August 15, 2022

‘When you’ve got someone who’s against you, you can’t really do much’

Declan Rice has criticised the referee after West Ham United exited the Europa League at the semi final stage at the hands of Eintracht Frankfurt.

West Ham came into the tie trailing 2-1 on aggregate after the first leg and were reduced to 10-men just 19 minutes into the semi-final second leg after a sloppy challenge from Cresswell.

Frankfurt made the most of their advantage and took the lead through Rafael Santos Borré in the 26th minute.

Towards the end of the match, Hammers boss Moyes was sent off for appearing to kick the ball towards a ball boy in frustration after there was a delay in retrieving it.

The home side were able to see out the remainder of the tie comfortably and secure their place in the Europa League final, where they will face off against Rangers later this month.

After the game, West Ham midfielder Rice suggested that referee Jesus Gil Manzano was ‘against’ the Premier League side and favoured Frankfurt.

Rice was asked about the incident(s) towards the end of the match, the England international suggested it was an ‘overlook’ of the whole game.

Speaking to BT Sport, he said: “I think it’s an overlook of the whole game and the decisions that were made to be honest with you.

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“Obviously, the sending off was probably a sending off looking back at it, but some of the other decisions were poor tonight.

“Nothing seemed to go for us, the referee seemed to make every decision go for them and in the end, when you’ve got someone who’s against you, you can’t really do much.”

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