By Joe Ellis

7th May, 2022 | 5:10pm

West Ham United Europa League official was 'persuaded' - Karren Brady

Thursday evening (5 May) did not go how West Ham wanted as they were knocked out of the Europa League by Eintracht Frankfurt.

Things were always going to be difficult for the Irons as soon as Aaron Cresswell dragged back the onrushing attacker and VAR overturned his initial yellow card to a red one.

The Hammers’ vice-chairman Karren Brady is not best pleased with the performance of the officials in Germany and did not hold back in her column for The Sun.

“We proud Hammers people travelled to Germany bubbling with expectation,” Brady wrote.

“But that was dented by the 19th-minute dismissal of Aaron Cresswell after the referee was persuaded by TV slow-mo that he should overturn his yellow card for a red.

“We then had a real mountain to climb, not helped by a referee who was persuaded to give every decision to the home team.

“Within a few minutes, Frankfurt were ahead and for all the heroic effort of our ten men, who fought to the end, they couldn’t get the result they set out for.

“It was much less than manager David Moyes, the players and our supporters deserved.”

Not good enough

Brady, Moyes, the players and anyone can complain about the officials all they want but they aren’t the reason we aren’t heading to Seville for the final.

The simple fact of the matter is that we were not good enough to win the game and there cannot be any other explanation.

We can play victim all we like but the team and management need to acknowledge that and move on.

It isn’t a shameful thing to be second best on the night as long as everyone gave it their all and we could all see they were doing that.

Cresswell will be well aware that his moment of madness in Germany will have made a big impact on the tie and to have not learned from the incident against Lyon in the previous round will hurt Moyes.

But it wasn’t meant to be; there isn’t much more to it and we need to accept that and look to the future.

In other West Ham news, UEFA are set to investigate Declan Rice’s comments post-game with a ban potential heading his way.

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