West Ham United star Declan Rice could face UEFA ban for 'corruption' outburst
West Ham United midfielder and vice-captain Declan Rice could be slapped with punishment from UEFA after an expletive-ridden rant at a referee.
According to Mirror journalist Alex Richards, UEFA are waiting to receive the match report from the referee before deciding whether to take action against the England international.
It comes after a video emerged on social media of the 23-year-old berating the referee to his face after the Hammers were knocked out of the Europa League away at Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday (5 May).
Rafael Santos Borre scored the night’s only goal but the big talking points were the red cards brandished to left-back Aaron Cresswell and manager David Moyes.
When Rice and the referee headed down the tunnel at full-time the Englishman emptied both barrels by saying, “It’s so poor, all night it’s so bad. How can you be that bad? Honestly, you’ve probably been [expletive] paid. [Expletive] corruption.”
Rice is seen as a future captain and leader of West Ham United which is why he has already had the vice-captaincy even at his young age.
The vision is for him to take over from Mark Noble next season as the club’s ring leader but when Moyes looks at this he might be questioning whether that is the direction he wants the club to go in.
Rice had to keep his cool as the club’s de facto leader on the night after Moyes’ red card and he failed to do so because he had this fake idea in his mind that the officials were corrupt.
Moyes hasn’t covered himself in glory either with his childish sidelines antics and he needs to have a good look at himself too but the skipper was equally disappointing.
The fact of the matter is that West Ham were not good enough in either game and they deservedly got beaten and no matter how much Rice wants to try and claim it wasn’t the case, he and the rest of the club have got to accept that fact and move on.
In other West Ham news, Jamie O’Hara was baffled by what he saw one Irons player do in the defeat away at Frankfurt.
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