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West Ham boss David Moyes apologises for kicking ball at ball boy

Hammer’s Manager David Moyes has made a public apology following an outburst where he angrily kicked the ball toward the ball boy when his team lost in the Europa League semi-final.

West Ham boss David Moyes (Photo: SkySports)
West Ham boss David Moyes (Photo: SkySports)

West Ham boss David Moyes has apologised for angrily booting the ball towards the ball boy in a 1-0 defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt.

During their Europa League semi-final defeat, the Hammers also saw defender Aaron Cresswell shown a red card.

With 12 minutes remaining, Moyes was sent from the touchline for aggressively kicking a ball at the ball boy who had retrieved it.

"I have to apologise for kicking the ball," Moyes said.

"The ball boy left it short nicely on the volley for me. I apologise for it. It didn't hit him; I think I bent it past him."

Uefa will assess the match reports from delegates before deciding whether to take any further action against Moyes over the incident. He will have to serve a one-match ban because of the red card, but there is a possibility that it could be extended if Uefa feels it is warranted.

It is also likely Eintracht will be charged by Uefa for the pitch invasion that followed the final whistle.

Moyes, whose team was beaten 1-0 on the night and 3-1 on aggregate, said West Ham lost the tie in the first minute of the first leg last week.

"Let's be honest, we probably lost the game in the first few seconds at London Stadium when we conceded," Moyes said.

"We were chasing the game since."

Frankfurt will now face Rangers in the final, while West Ham's wait for a trophy goes on to the 43rd year. They are currently seventh in the Premier League, which would bring them a Europa Conference League spot.

"I am really proud of the players. How they played with 10 men was fantastic. They stayed in it. Other teams would have folded and lost two or three," Moyes said.

"I thought we had better chances than Frankfurt. But we congratulate them. They go through, we don't and we give them our best wishes."

(BBC sport)


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