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Moyes and Rice banned for Conference League play-off by UEFA

Moyes and Rice banned for Conference League play-off by UEFA

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David Moyes and Declan Rice have been banned for West Ham United’s Europa Conference League play-off by UEFA.

A video emerged showing Hammers talisman Rice berating the referee in the tunnel after West Ham’s Europa League semi-final defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt.

West Ham were denied a dream European final against Rangers following a 3-1 aggregate defeat to the German side who went on to win the competition.

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Hammers News warned West Ham about card happy Spanish referee Jesus Gil Manzano when UEFA put him in charge of that Europa League semi-final second leg in Germany.

True to form the official seemed determined to be the star of the show dishing out cards left, right and centre.

Gil Manzano sent off Aaron Cresswell and David Moyes and booked a host of others as he completely lost control of the game.

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The Cresswell red, after just 18 minutes, proved the decisive blow.

Moyes was given his marching orders on the night after volleying the ball at a boy ball with long hair – incorrectly reported by many outlets as a ball girl.

UEFA vowed to investigate both Rice and Moyes over the incidents.

And the West Ham duo have now been handed a two-game ban and one-game ban respectively.

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David Moyes and Declan Rice banned for West Ham Europa Conference League play-off by UEFA

It means Moyes and Rice have been banned for West Ham’s Europa Conference League play-off by UEFA.

Moyes will miss the first leg of the tie in August while Rice will miss both legs.

West Ham must come through the two-legged tie in order to qualify for the Conference League group stage proper.

The Hammers will then face six European games, 16 Premier League games and a Carabao Cup tie before the break for the World Cup after the first week of November.

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West Ham are yet to comment on the suspensions handed out by UEFA, who also fined the club and put them on notice of a stadium ban after crowd disturbances last season.

The draw for the play-off round takes place on August 1st.

The play-off round features 10 teams with the first and second legs played on August 18th and 25th.

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