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Daily Fail reaches new low with premeditated Declan Rice West Ham story that didn't even make sense

The Daily Fail reached a new low with a premeditated Declan Rice West Ham story that didn’t even make sense.

David Moyes and his West Ham side were left licking their wounds after missing out on the Europa League final last night.

Trailing 2-1 from the first leg, West Ham started the better team in Germany.

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But the sending off of Aaron Cresswell just 18 minutes in – and a Frankfurt goal from their only shot on target six minutes later killed the game.

West Ham spurned a host of chances in the first leg – with only one goal to show for their 15 attempts.

Even with 10 men West Ham still had enough chances to get goals. And that only added to the suffering of the manager, players and fans who are all left wondering what might have been.

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Rice gave a mature interview after the game in which he stated his pride for his teammates and the club.

The Hammers talisman, who has been incessantly linked with a move away by a media desperate to see him leave West Ham, said he was ‘gutted’ but insisted he and his teammates ‘want more’.

With West Ham fans still coming to terms with the devastation of being denied a dream final after 46 barren years on the continent, up steps The Daily Mail – better known as The Daily Fail – with pure ambulance chasing “journalism”.

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The Daily Fail reached a new low with a premeditated Declan Rice West Ham story that didn’t even make sense.

With West Ham fans still locked inside in the ground being goaded by Frankfurt supporters who had invaded the pitch and the team back in the changing rooms, The Mail published an article stating the defeat would likely see the end of Rice’s time as the club.

The original story was clearly hastily published as it was littered with mistakes including the headline which initially read: “Declan Rice’s West Ham departure may have been sealed after their Europa League exit… he’s desperate to play in the Champions League and Hammers’ failure to do secure it could spell the end for his time at the club”.

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The report begins with the line: “Without wishing to pour a salt mine into a gaping wound, it’s time to talk about Declan Rice. It’s time to discuss whether his departure comes with this defeat.”

Well no it isn’t the time is it? It is the polar opposite of that. It is the worst possible time to bring up that subject for goodness sake.

How out of touch can you be to state ‘it’s time to talk about Declan Rice’s future’.

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That time is not minutes after the final whistle of one of the most painful losses in West Ham’s modern history.

The pathetic story rightly got short shrift from West Ham fans on social media.

It goes over all the old ground regarding Rice that is trotted out in almost every tabloid report on his West Ham future.

That’s despite West Ham insiders confidently stating Rice has privately pledged his future to the club for another season at least.

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The irony is The Daily Mail themselves had reported THIS WEEK that the Hammers are prepared to make the 23-year-old the club’s highest paid player ever and hand him the captain’s armband.

You couldn’t make it up.

You can’t even really blame the reporter. He had probably been instructed to have a Rice story ready to go if West Ham went out.

But whatever way you look at it, this is a new low for The Daily Fail. Poor timing, poor taste, poor form.


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