The Hammers boss was furious as tempers flared in the Europa League semi-final second leg

West Ham manager David Moyes was shown a red card for a clash with a ball boy in the second leg of the Europa League semi-final defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Down 3-1 on aggregate, Moyes was upset at what he considered time-wasting tactics, and he proceeded to volley the ball back at him in anger, almost hitting him in the head.

What has Moyes said about the incident?

“I kicked a ball back at a ball boy so I apologise for that,” Moyes told BT Sport.

“He threw it very softly at me.”

Later, in his press conference, he added: “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’ve thrown me the ball, he chose to leave it short but as I said, I apologise for that but it was a big game we were trying to win tonight.”

Moyes also commented on the all-round performance, with West Ham crashing out after losing 1-0 on the night, 3-1 on aggregate, adding: “I don’t feel any of that (pride) at the moment. I just feel disappointment as I felt this was a chance.

“We have played better teams than Frankfurt. Let’s be honest, we probably lost the game in the first 30 seconds at the London Stadium when we conceded. We were chasing the game since.”

Rice’s verdict on West Ham’s defeat

“Gutted. We are gutted in there,” said West Ham midfielder Declan Rice to BT Sport. “We have come so far as a group. We are not the biggest of squads, to keep playing week in, week out over 50 games, after last year.

“I am proud as well. To go down to 10 men and put in that shift. Many teams will go away and lose three or four. To still try to get forward with a man less emphasises everything that West Ham is about. We will fight to the end. So gutted but proud of everyone.”

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