Rice gets two-game European ban after accusing referee of 'corruption'

Declan Rice receives two-game BAN in Europe after accusing a referee of ‘corruption’ and telling him ‘you’ve probably been f****** paid’ after West Ham’s Europa League semi-final defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt

  • Declan Rice was furious following West Ham’s Europa League semi-final exit 
  • He accused the referee of ‘corruption’, saying he probably had ‘been paid’
  • Rice’s tirade at Jesus Gil Manzano was caught on camera in the tunnel 
  • David Moyes has received a one-match ban for kicking the ball at a ballboy 

Declan Rice will miss West Ham’s first two European games of the new season after the captain accused a referee of ‘corruption’, telling him: ‘You’ve probably been f****** paid.’

Rice was angry after the club’s Europa League semi-final second leg defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt with his tirade at Jesus Gil Manzano caught on camera in the tunnel and shared on social media.

UEFA announced the midfielder’s punishment on Friday night while also banning David Moyes for one match after the Hammers boss was red carded for kicking the ball at a ballboy in frustration.

Declan Rice has received a two-game European ban after video footage emerged of the West Ham star launching an X-rated tirade at referee Jesus Gil Manzano in Frankfurt 

Hammers skipper Rice was furious at the official for his decisions on the night of their exit

Both Rice and Moyes had apologised, saying they acted in the heat of the moment, but the pair will now be absent when West Ham start their Europa Conference League campaign.

Manzano showed a straight red to Aaron Cresswell early in the 1-0 defeat in Frankfurt and was accused of showing bias towards the German hosts. 

Rice, who was booked for dissent during the game, was heard telling the referee afterwards: ‘Ref, ref. 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.’

Rice’s ban would carry over into the Champions League and Europa League if he left West Ham, though the under-contract 23-year-old is set to stay at the club this summer and wear the captain’s armband next season after Mark Noble’s retirement.

David Moyes (centre) was red carded for kicking the ball at a ballboy in a Europa League tie and he, like Rice, will also face a ban when West Ham start in the Europa Conference League

It was a painful night for the Hammers who were kicked out by the eventual winners


West Ham’s first game in the Europa Conference League will be in the first leg of the play-offs on August 18 as they look to qualify for the competition and embark on another European adventure. The second leg will take place on August 25.

UEFA also fined Frankfurt 80,000 euros (£69,000) for a range of infringements – namely a pitch invasion by their fans at full time as they celebrated their 3-1 aggregate win. 

Frankfurt won the final on penalties against Rangers, qualifying them for the Champions League.

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