Declan Rice will pay price after West Ham tunnel footage - Tony Cascarino
Tony Cascarino believes that West Ham star Declan Rice will “pay the price” after his heavy criticism of the referee after losing to Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday [May 5].
The footage was released showing the England international berate Jesus Gil Manzano, claiming he had been paid off after he sent Aaron Cresswell off in the first half which saw the Irons crash out in the semi-final of the Europa League.
The talkSPORT pundit urged the midfielder to apologise with there being no proof to support the allegations.
“He will pay the price for that,” he told talkSPORT.
“There will be [a ban], there has to be because it’s gone too far.
“Sometimes you have to be careful because I do believe we are in a world now that sometimes when you say something, we take it as absolutely he means it – well there’s many things you say in life you don’t really mean.
“I’ve said things to referees and I’ve got sent off with a referee and I’ve had a real go. Did I mean it? No.
“Was I just caught up in the situation on the day and just went ballistic? Yes”
He added: “I’m sure Declan Rice will apologise for his actions and it went way beyond the norm.
“I do think he has to, there is no proof the referee was corrupt, he can’t prove it, he’s just give decisions he didn’t like.”
You can certainly understand Rice’s frustration. West Ham didn’t deserve to crash out right before the final hurdle – they should have gone on to win the competition with their quality and at the very least been in the final.
They had overcome a catalogue of quality teams to get to the last four and ultimately it was a – correct – call from the referee that did the damage.
There was absolutely nothing over the two legs to suggest the Irons wouldn’t go throw – they had overturned results away from home before and they looked likely to go on and do it again before the red card.
The 23-year-old hasn’t covered himself in glory with the allegations made after the game but these are all things he will learn from.
With the jaw-dropping quality, he possesses you often forget that he is still so young and is continuously learning from these experiences – this will put him in good stead for the rest of his career when he will probably be challenging for titles yearly.
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