Declan Rice has hit back at Lyon striker Moussa Dembele and the club’s Twitter admin after West Ham knocked out the French side from the Europa League on Thursday night.
Speaking after the match, Rice said the visitors were excited after seeing Dembele wink at the camera after Aaron Cresswell was shown a direct red card for a challenge against the former Fulham striker and of Celtic in the first leg at the London Stadium.
“Obviously Dembele winks at the camera in the first leg and then their Twitter admin kind of says they don’t know how they’re not going to pass,” said Rice, who scored in the first leg. victory at Groupama Stadium with Craig Dawson. and Jarrod Bowen.
“These things come back to bite you and we stayed silent, put on a performance and now West Ham are in the semi-finals. What more do we want?
Rice was referring to a post on Lyon’s Twitter account, published before the second leg, which read: “Are you really asking like there’s a chance we won’t cross?”
After the second leg, England international Rice retweeted Lyon’s message, along with the caption: “It’s aged well”, followed by a laughing crying emoji and a thumbs up.
West Ham’s own Twitter admin also had fun tweeting a video of Dembele’s wink from the first leg, followed by the wink emoji.
Hammers boss David Moyes previously warned Lyon that their behavior during and after the first leg in London could come back to haunt them.
“This game has a weird way of coming back to catch up with you, you never know,” he said.
“That’s why when you talk about people being depressed and reacting in certain ways, sometimes it can come back at different times and in different ways.
“Football has a weird way of coming back for you.”
West Ham qualify for the semi-finals of the Europa League, where they will face Eintracht Frankfurt.
The German club picked up a stunning win to beat Barcelona 3-2 at Camp Nou, earning a 4-3 aggregate win over the Catalan giants.