Furious West Ham star Declan Rice confronted referee Jesus Gil Manzano as his side were knocked out of the Europa League.
ootage has emerged online from the tunnel at Eintracht Frankfurt’s Deutsche Bank Park and shows the England international approaching the official and hammering out his performance.
West Ham suffered an early blow in the semi-final second leg when Aaron Creswell was sent off for a foul which the Spanish referee Manzano initially only showed a yellow card before VAR intervened.
“Ref, it’s so bad,” Rice exclaimed. “All night, it’s so bad. how can you be so bad
“Honestly, you probably got the fuck paid. Damn corruption.”
Manzano can be heard replying “No” and “Come on” as he shrugs Rice and makes his way to the dressing rooms. It’s unclear whether the footage released by FoxSportsMX was captured at halftime or fulltime of Thursday’s game.
Rice later told BT Sport: “The sending off was probably a sending off but some of the other decisions tonight were bad.
“The referee seemed to be making every decision for them. If you have someone against you, there is not much you can do.”
The Hammers’ wait for a major trophy continues but they can still qualify for Europe next season if they finish strongly in the Premier League.
West Ham manager David Moyes, who was sent off during the game for kicking a ball boy with a ball, felt Rice’s actions showed the passion in his squad and was also above the standard of the administration offended.
“It just shows how much all the players cared about him,” said the Scot on Friday afternoon.
“We all took great care of it last night. We felt we were treated pretty badly overall and that’s exactly what happens.
“We all know that football is emotional, so sometimes people don’t understand what it feels like unless you’re in the thick of it.
“Last night we had a group of players who really bonded and were trying to win the game and found it very difficult in a lot of different circumstances.”
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