Moyes sent off and causes ruckus as West Ham’s Europa dream turns to disaster

David Moyes was sent off for booting the ball in frustration as West Ham crumbled in Frankfurt and were knocked out of the Europa League.

The West Ham boss was furious towards the latter stages of their 1-0 defeat to Frankfurt, and smashed the ball in the direction of the opposition dugout, causing the two benches to clash. Moyes was instantly sent off for his actions, as he continued to fume as he stormed off down the tunnel.

It was a nightmare end to a dream Europa League season for West Ham, as Aaron Cresswell was sent off after just 10 minutes for denying a goal scoring opportunity. Everything went wrong for West Ham on the night, and Moyes couldn't contain his anger.

West Ham were already behind before a ball was kicked on Thursday, as Frankfurt won 2-1 at the London Stadium a week ago. But Moyes will have prepared his side for another comeback after they had to chase leads against Sevilla, and then win away from home against Lyon in previous rounds.

But Cresswell's red was the worst possible start, and West Ham failed to recover during the following 80 minutes. Moyes' side barely created a clear chance over the course of the game, as they were shutout by Frankfurt.

But former West Ham star Carlton Cole was furious with Cresswell for not learning from his mistakes, as he was sent off for the same offence against Lyon in the last round. They got away with it then, but they weren't so lucky against a very well-drilled Frankfurt side.

Cole was probably feeling similar to Moyes at half-time, as he said n BT Sport: "You have to have learnt from his last mistake against Lyon. You can’t be handsy, unless it is appropriate.

"If he has not learnt from the last one, then this one was always going to be given. He was isolated one on one, and you just can’t be isolated, as soon as (Kurt) Zouma steps out, he is in trouble. He (Cresswell) will be disappointed, but it is what it is and the players out there have to deal with the consequences."

The European dream is over for West Ham, and Leicester were also knocked out of the UEFA Conference League by Roma, as the amount of English teams left in Europe has gone from four to just one. Liverpool booked their place in the Champions League final, but elsewhere, Manchester City, Leicester and West Ham have all been dumped out.

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