Now West Ham United have seen first hand why Lionel Messi refused a handshake from Spanish referee Jesus Gil Manzano.
The card happy Spanish ref was put in charge of West Ham’s Europa League semi-final second leg at Eintracht Frankfurt.
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.
The Cresswell red, after just 18 minutes, came as a major blow.
And referee Gil Manzano flashed another red card West Ham’s way in the second half.
This time it was for manager Moyes, who was captured on camera volleying the ball at a ball boy in a fit of rage that had clearly festered as a result of the terrible officiating on show.
The Scot was given his marching orders for the incident and left Hammers News thinking ‘we told you so’.
Because we warned West Ham ahead of the game that Gil Manzano had handed out 136 yellow cards and seven red cards in just 33 games this season. And he loves to be the centre of attention.
Now West Ham see why Lionel Messi refused to handshake of referee Jesus Gil Manzano
The Spanish ref is perhaps best known for an incident back in 2018 when the legendary Lionel Messi refused to shake his hand following Barcelona’s 2-2 draw with Girona (The Sun).
Messi was so incensed by Gil Manzano’s handling of matches he had been involved him, culminating in that infamous game where he snubbed the official and gave him a piece of his mind at the final whistle.
Now West Ham fans see why Messi refused to shake the hand of referee Gil Manzano.
Moyes went on to express his pride at the performance of his players but his disappointment with the standard and style of officiating in the Europa League.
“We’ve enjoyed the competition,” Moyes added.
“I don’t know if we’ve enjoyed the officiating but we’ve enjoyed being in the competition.”