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The Hammers striker risks a suspension and the club is fighting for the final push this season

Vaseline 1 month ago

If the Hammers are to qualify for another year of European football next season, striker Michail Antonio could face a UEFA ban and be sidelined for the comments he made about the referees after West Ham’s second leg of the quarter-final of the Europa League vs Bayer Leverkusen.

David Moye’s team lost the first leg of the tie 2-0 in Germany. However, the Hammers produced a valiant effort in the second leg at the London Stadium against Leverkusen, a side who have recently been crowned German champions and remain unbeaten in all competitions this season.

Michail Antonio’s early goal gave Hammers fans hope that what seemed like an impossible task could be possible and that West Ham could be the first team to claim a win against Xabi Alonso’s side. Jeremy Frimpong’s late goal, which was deflected off Aaron Cresswell, sealed Leverkusen’s place in the Europa League semi-finals, where they will play AS Roma.

Although a draw wasn’t enough and West Ham’s European journey has come to an end for now, David Moyes’ side were rightly cheered off the pitch after giving it their all in the 90 minutes.

As reported in the Daily Mirror, Jamaican international Antonio was less than impressed with referee Jose Maria Sanchez’s performance and took no notice of his comments after the match. After the match, Antonio said: “It felt like I didn’t get a decision the whole match. I felt a little frustrated. We felt like we deserved more.” To further add: “It doesn’t feel like you’re playing against eleven men, it feels like you’re playing against thirteen or fourteen men, including the two linos. You have to keep pushing and try to make the decisions go your way, but that just didn’t happen.”

These comments have landed Antonio in potential hot water. If West Ham qualify for another season of European football, Antonio could face a ban from UEFA next season. Spanish referee Jose Maria Sanchez booked a total of eleven players and sent one staff member from each bench. Manager David Moyes also expressed his frustration with the officiating after the match, saying: “If that’s how it is in Spain, you wouldn’t want that. watch too much Spanish football.”