West Ham boss David Moyes apologises for kicking ball at ballboy as tempers rise during Europa League exit

David Moyes has apologised after kicking the ball towards a ballboy during West Ham’s Europa League semi-final defeat to Frankfurt.

Moyes was shown a red card following the incident, adding to a night of frustration in Germany as the club’s European hopes ended.

“I kicked a ball back at the ballboy,” he admitted. “I apologise for that but he threw it back very softly at me.”

The incident took place around the 78th minute with West Ham 1-0 down on the night, Rafael Santos Borre scoring the only goal of the second leg.

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The West Ham boss joked “it was nice on the volley for me”, though he was less than amused by the overall display of the man who sent him off, referee Jesus Gil Manzano.

He said afterwards that his team “haven’t enjoyed the officiating” in Europe this season, having also voiced complaints after the quarter-final victory over Lyon.

Aaron Cresswell was carelessly sent off after just 19 minutes for a foul on Jens Petter Hauge, making West Ham’s task in overturning a 2-1 first leg deficit even more arduous.

“The sending off was probably a sending off but some of the other decisions were poor tonight,” Declan Rice told BT Sport.

“The ref seemed to make every decision go for them. When you have someone against you, you can’t do much.”

“Difficult, disappointed, but extremely proud of the players, how we played with 10 men,” Moyes added.

“We tried, we created chances, but we congratulate Frankfurt. We give them our best wishes.”

The result confirms Wet Ham will not be playing Champions League football next season as it is mathematically impossible for them to qualify via the top four of the Premier League.

Frankfurt will play Rangers in the Europa League final in Seville on 18 May.

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