A popular member of the West Ham media team has defended the actions of Declan Rice after the defeat to Spurs.

Rice was once again immense for West Ham as he dominated the entire Tottenham midfield, rampaging here, there and everywhere.

The midfield talisman was comfortably man of the match and did not deserve to be on the losing side.

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At the end of the game Rice was spotted chatting and smiling with Tottenham stars Harry Kane and Harry Winks. Kane is Rice’s captain with England and Winks is – on occasion – a Three Lions teammate of the West Ham man too.

Rice – as he often does after games – was also seen giving his shirt to someone in the Spurs crowd as he was afforded a warm reception by the home support.

Some – clearly highly strung – West Ham fans took exception to Rice’s actions and had a moan up on social media.

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West Ham media man defends Declan Rice actions after Spurs defeat but he really doesn’t have to

But Hammers media man Rob Pritchard took to Twitter to defend the actions of West Ham’s star man.

Not that he needed to in the eyes of any right-minded Hammers supporters.

“For those who’ve seen Dec handing his shirt to a young fan, it was a member of his family,” Pritchard said on Twitter.

 

“The respect he got from the Spurs fans in the ground after the final whistle was genuine and real.

“His performances for England mean he transcends club rivalries.

“He’s that good.”

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That he is. And let’s have it right, while there is no love lost between West Ham and Spurs, fans of both clubs appreciate a quality player when they see one.

Just like West Ham fans can appreciate the finishing prowess of Harry Kane or the silky skills of Spurs great Glenn Hoddle, so too can Tottenham supporters appreciate Rice’s prestige.

There’s tribalism and then there’s just being daft.

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Rice knows where his bread is buttered.

And nobody on that pitch wanted to win against Spurs for the West Ham fans more than him.

Having said that, fair play to West Ham’s media man for speaking out to clarify the situation for those who did take umbrage.

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