Declan Rice accuses referee of ‘corruption’ as West Ham lose to Eintracht Frankfurt in Europa League

The footage appears to document the moments after the final whistle, as West Ham players and the officials returned to their respective changing rooms while Frankfurt fans invaded the pitch to celebrate with their team.

Uefa has said it will wait on the referee’s report before deciding whether to take action against Rice.

In 2009, Chelsea striker Didier Drogba was given a six-game European ban for confronting Champions League semi-final referee Tom Henning Ovrebo and shouting into a TV camera: “It’s a f***ing disgrace.” The last two matches of the six-game ban were suspended for two years. Drogba’s teammate Jose Bosingwa also received a four-game ban – with one fixture suspended – for branding Ovrebo a “thief” after the match, a second leg home draw with Barcelona that saw the Catalan club advance.

After West Ham’s first leg against Frankfurt, the Premier League team announced that they were investigating reports that two German commentators had been attacked during the match at the London Stadium.

<p>Aaron Cresswell (right) was sent off in Frankfurt, as he was at home to Lyon in the quarter-finals (Mike Egerton/PA)</p>
Aaron Cresswell (right) was sent off in Frankfurt, as he was at home to Lyon in the quarter-finals (Mike Egerton/PA)

ESPN commentator Derek Rae reported that the duo, Philipp Hofmeister and Tim Brockmeier, were working for ARD Radio and explained later on air that one was “struck on the neck” when West Ham supporters possibly took umbrage at the broadcasters’ emotional expressions when Eintracht scored the opening goal.

In the other semi-final, Rangers overturned a 2-1 deficit to beat RB Leipzig 3-2 on aggregate.

Last season’s Scottish champions led 2-0 at home on Thursday, having been beaten in Germany last week, though Leipzig pulled a goal back in the second leg to set the tie on course for extra time.

John Lundstram scored Rangers’ third goal of the evening, however, to move them back in front on aggregate and seal their spot in the final, where they will face Frankfurt in Seville on 18 May.


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