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David Moyes apologises for ‘volleying’ ball at Frankfurt’s ball boy as Declan Rice fumes in West Ham’s European exit

David Moyes Ball Boy

A tough night for West Ham.

West Ham boss David Moyes has been forced to apologise for volleying the ball at a ball boy in his side’s Europa League defeat at the hands of the Eintracht Frankfurt.

Trailing the tie 2-1 from the first-leg, the Hammers’ task was heightened when Aaron Cresswell was dismissed following a VAR review in the first-half.

That ended up being a step too far for Moyes’ side, who were visibly frustrated during the contest, as they lost 1-0 on the night, and 3-1 on aggregate.

In the 77th minute, however, Moyes was dismissed for volleying the ball at a ball boy, after the ball was ‘thrown very softly’ at the Scotsman as West Ham tried to get back into the contest.

“I just feel disappointed at the moment..”

Speaking after the game, Moyes expressed remorse for the incident, with a rather tongue in cheek response.

“I kicked a ball back at a ball boy so I apologise for that. He threw the ball very softly at me,” he explained. “I just feel disappointed at the moment, we’ve played better teams than Frankfurt and I thought this was a real chance.

“But we lost the game when we conceded in the first minute of the game at the London Stadium. We were chasing the game ever since.”

“The ref seemed to make every decision go for them..”

After losing their Europa League semi-final, it now means that West Ham’s wait for a European final must go on.

The defeat may also beg questions surrounding the future of Declan Rice, who is understood to be piquing the interest levels of several Premier League rivals, as he too fumed at the outcome of the game.

“The sending off was probably a sending off but some of the other decisions were poor,” he added.

“The ref seemed to make every decision go for them. When you have someone against you, you can’t do much. The lads in the dressing room, myself, we have lost big games but we have come off the pitch with our heads held high. We have given it a go. Nobody expected us to get past Sevilla or Lyon.

“We had a genuine belief in the camp, the fans, even players from other teams, to go out and do it.

“We will be back. I am young, I want more, the lads want more and the club deserves more. I am sure we will be back.”

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