David Moyes' side were knocked out of the competition by Eintracht Frankfurt after losing both legs of the semi-final clash.
In the first leg, goals from Ansgar Knauff and Daichi Kamada gave the Bundesliga side a 2-1 lead going into the second leg, and on Thursday night, a 25th minute strike from Rafael Maury sealed Frankfurt's place in the Europa League final.
It was a fiesty affair at The Waldstadion. In total, referee Manzano brandished nine cards throughout, including the dismissal of West Ham manager David Moyes, who almost volleyed a ball at a young ball boy.
And after the full-time whistle, a furious Declan Rice made his feelings known in the tunnel.
"Ref it's so poor, all night it's so bad," the England international can be heard saying. "How can you be that bad? Honestly, probably been f**king paid. F**king corruption."
Declan rice is a brilliant player. But this isn’t great. Blatant red card. They weren’t good enough either leg. Great shame - they just didn’t quite turn up. But also hilarious how Sunday league this chat is. pic.twitter.com/vCsZCCcNyD— Max Rushden 💙 (@maxrushden) May 6, 2022
Since the footage emerged online, West Ham have released a statement saying they are "aware" of the video that appears to show Rice accusing the referee of "corruption".
"The club is aware of the video circulating on social media but will not be commenting further until the referee's report has been considered," the club said via BBC.
That being said, manager David Moyes has said Rice will not be punished by the club for his actions. "If Uefa punish him that's down to them, but not on my watch." he added.
Rice, meanwhile, has since responded to the footage in a TikTok comments section. "Heat of the moment, football gets like this," he wrote. "I've apologised and moved on."
In a press conference on Friday, Moyes reacted to Rice confronting the referee after their Europa League defeat.
“We all cared very much last night. We felt as if we had been treated quite badly overall and that is what happens," he said.
“If you know about football, everybody is emotional so unless you’re in the heat of it 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 felt it was very difficult under lots of different circumstances.”
🗣 "We felt as if we had been treated quite badly overall."— Football Daily (@footballdaily) May 6, 2022
David Moyes' reaction to Declan Rice confronting the referee after their Europa League exit pic.twitter.com/lwQf4e25Rs
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