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Rice’s rude rant against the referee caught on camera

David Moyes insists Declan Rice’s crude rant in which he accused Europa League referee Jesus Gil Manzano of corruption shows how much West Ham players care about him.

Hammers captain Rice was filmed berating the Spanish official in the tunnel after his side suffered a semi-final heartbreak at the hands of Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday night.

The Premier League side were denied a first European final in 46 years after a 1-0 defeat in Germany ended in a 3-1 aggregate loss.

Rice’s post-match remarks at Manzano were captured by US television company Fox Sports, with footage circulating on social media.

“Ref, ref, it’s so poor, all night it’s so bad,” said the England midfielder.

“How can you be so bad, honestly? You probably got f****** paid. F****** bribery.”

West Ham do not intend to comment on the incident until they have received the referee’s report.

Manager Moyes – who was sent off during the game for throwing a ball at a ball boy – felt it showed the passion within his side and was also hurt by the standard of officiating.

“It shows you how much all the players cared,” the Scotsman said on Friday afternoon.

“We all cared a lot last night. We felt like we were treated pretty badly overall and that’s what’s happening.

“If you know football, everyone is emotional, so unless you’re in the heat of the moment sometimes people don’t understand how it feels.

“Last night we had a group of players who were really connected, trying to win the game and feeling it was very difficult in a lot of different circumstances.”

UEFA could still sanction the England midfielder, but manager Moyes – who does not believe Rice’s complaints are genuine accusations and believes nothing untoward has happened – was quick to dismiss suggestions of internal punishment .

“Not a chance – not on my watch anyway,” said the Scotsman. “If UEFA punishes him, it’s up to them, but not my responsibility.

“Declan is the captain, Declan is totally behind the team and totally committed – like the manager, like the captain.

“We’re all fighting for the same thing, which is to be winners here, and Declan is one of them.”

West Ham had Aaron Cresswell sent off after just 19 minutes at Deutsche Bank Park and conceded Rafael Borre’s only goal of the night just seven minutes later.

Defender Cresswell, who shot down Jens Petter Hauge as he tried to drive through on goal, was initially shown a yellow card but was upgraded to a red after a review by the video assistant referee.

Regarding Rice’s behaviour, a West Ham spokesman said: “The club are aware of the social media release of the video but will not comment further until the semi-final referee’s report UEFA Europa League comeback against Eintracht Frankfurt will not have been considered.”