Declan Rice facing three game ban after outburst at referee following West Ham United loss v Frankfurt
West Ham midfielder Declan Rice is facing a three-game ban from UEFA competition after his massive outburst at the referee following defeat to Frankfurt.
The Hammers were eliminated from the Europa League after a 1-0 defeat in the second leg of the tie, where Aaron Cresswell and David Moyes both saw red cards during the game.
But after a furious outburst after the final whistle in the tunnel that was captured on camera, the Daily Mail are now reporting that the 23-year-old is facing a three game ban for his actions.
The England midfielder was filmed telling the referee he had been ‘poor’, before claiming he was ‘probably [expletive] paid’ before walking away and saying ‘[expletive] corruption].
Rice was given a yellow card for his words, but UEFA are now expected to hand out further punishment retrospectively which would see him miss the first three group games of any UEFA competition.
Rice deserves punishment undoubtedly and what he did after the game was wrong, but a three-game ban seems incredibly harsh when you take everything into context.
He is a young man who had just lost a European Cup semi-final and was emotional after working hard to reach that stage. That doesn’t excuse his actions, but does explain a little why it happened.
Three games means he would miss the first half of the European campaign, whether it’s at West Ham or elsewhere with his future up in the air, and seems excessive.
Ultimately though, it does send a message from UEFA to anyone else who steps out of line in that way that it is unacceptable and will be dealt with.
Rice must learn from his errors and keep his emotions in check in future because he’s brought this on himself and now must deal with whatever is thrown his way.
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