David Moyes was sent off in the second leg of West Ham‘s Europa League semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt after kicking a ball towards a ballboy.
The West Ham boss issued a public apology after the game was over, as Eintracht secured qualification to the final after beating the Premier League side 3-1 on aggregate.
“I have to apologise for kicking the ball at the ballboy,” said Moyes.
“He left it short – it was nicely on the volley for me – but I apologise for it.
“I didn’t hit him, I think I just bent it past him. He threw it very short when he could have thrown me the ball; he chose to leave it short.
“As I said, I apologise for that. But it was a big game we were trying to win tonight.”
Moyes critical of Eintracht’s bench
Moyes was frustrated following complaints by Eintracht‘s bench after Aaron Cresswell‘s last-man foul, which resulted in the West Ham left-back being sent off in the 17th minute.
“I thought it wasn’t great officiating tonight,” added Moyes.
“Aaron has given the referee a decision to make, but I was more disappointed with the Frankfurt bench.
“The whole bench came off and I had a run-in with the fourth official because I had left my square, but their whole bench was [doing the same].
“I am really disappointed with the reaction of the bench [to Cresswell‘s challenge]. You don’t react in that way. I hope my bench wouldn’t.
“Maybe that’s what I need to do. Maybe we need to change the way we try to be correct.”
Declan Rice stressed that West Ham couldn’t bounce back after they went down to 10 players. However, the England international is pleased that the Hammers managed to go all the way to the Europa League semi-finals.
“A red card is always going to make it a mountain to climb,” said Rice.
“We had genuine belief that over two legs they weren’t going to beat us.
“Of course they are a good side, but no way are they better than what Sevilla or Lyon were.
“Maybe we played a team who play similar to us and it caught us out in the end.
“We have come so far. Nobody expected West Ham to be here.
“The boys went out on a high, even though we lost.”