David Moyes apologised for his side being eliminated from the Europa League after losing his cool and colliding with an Eintracht Frankfurt ball boy..
The Hammers lost 2-1 at home in the first leg and were shortly up against it within the second leg when Aaron Cresswell was sent off after only 19 minutes with Frankfurt scoring the only goal of the game soon after.After being shown his red card late in the tie, Moyes joined Cresswell in the stands and volleyed the ball in the path of the Frankfurt ball boy after growing annoyed with what he saw as blatant timewasting strategies.
“I need to apologize for kicking the ball at the ball boy,” Moyes said. “He left it brief, it had been nicely on the volley for me, however I apologize.
“I did not hit him, I believe I simply bent it past him,” she said. He threw it really short as he could have threw the ball to me, but he made the decision to leave it short. I apologise for that, as i said earlier. But we were attempting to win a big game tonight.
Although Moyes had no complaints about his own dismissal, he used the occasion to criticise the officials ‘performance throughout the game, particularly the lively response from the Frankfurt bench after Cresswell’s dismissal.
“I thought it was not great officiating tonight,” West Ham manager John Coleman said. “Aaron had provided the referee a choice to make, but I was much more dissatisfied with the Frankfurt bench,” he said. The entire bench came off and I experienced a run in with the fourth official as I’d left my square, but their entire bench was doing the same.
“I am really dissatisfied with the bench’s reaction to Cresswell’s challenge,” he said. You don’t react like that. I hope my bench would not. Maybe that’s what I have to do. It might be that we have to alter the way we attempt to be right..