Why David Moyes will miss West Ham’s Europa Conference League play-off as Billy McKinlay jokes that Scot is copying Jose Mourinho’s infamous moment

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West Ham take on Viborg FF in their Europa Conference League play-off first leg tonight tie at the London stadium.

But the Hammers will be without David Moyes, Declan Rice and Aaron Cresswell due to UEFA bans.

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The Hammers will be without a few key men

Now, you wouldn’t think this will affect the Hammers too much, given that their opponents are without two of their best players.

Moyes has decided on two of his new summer signings for the first time, with Maxwel Cornet and Gianluca Scamacca involved.

But why is Moyes banned and could he try to replicate an infamous Jose Mourinho incident?

Why is Moyes banned for this game?

Moyes is suspended after kicking a ball past a ball boy in West Ham’s Europa League semi-final loss to Eintracht Frankfurt last season.

He was sent off and will serve a one-match suspension from UEFA.

Rice also received a retrospective suspension after being caught on video claiming Spanish referee Jesus Gil Manzano had been paid off.

UEFA deemed it worth a two-game ban, so Rice will miss both legs.

Moyes must sit this one

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Moyes must sit this one


What did Jose Mourinho do?

In 2005, Chelsea played against Barcelona in the Champions League and lost 2-1 despite heading.

After the match, ‘The Special One’ claimed to have seen Frank Rijkaard enter Anders Frisk’s room at half-time and influence the referee.

It was later revealed that the incident never happened, but Frisk had to retire after receiving death threats.

UEFA handed Mourinho a two-match ban, which began at Stamford Bridge against Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals.

The plan was for Mourinho to watch the game from a nearby leisure center and have no contact with his coaches.

However, the Blues manager managed to hide in a laundry basket and was taken to the dressing room before the game and at half-time.

Mourinho reflected on the incident in 2019: “I go to the dressing room during the day so I was there from noon and the game is at seven. I just want to be in the dressing room when the players arrive.

“I went there and no one saw me. The problem was to leave afterwards. And Stewart Banister the kitman put me in the basket. It was a bit open so I could breathe.

“But when he took it outside the locker room the UEFA guys were following me and desperate to find me so he closed the box and I couldn’t breathe! When he opened the box I I was dying! I’m serious! I was claustrophobic, I promise! It’s true!”

3. October 2005: Mourinho hits back at Wenger's tactical criticism

Mourinho would do anything to get the upper hand

David Moyes Ban: What Was Said?

West Ham assistant manager Billy McKinlay has joked that Moyes could copy Mourinho.

When asked if Moyes could communicate with the team, he told the press: “I don’t think so, unless we take out the trash.”

He then provided some context to what happened in Germany: “It was a very, very emotional night.

“We are human. We can split things up a bit.

“We have lost our captain, our vice-captain and our manager. But the manager will prepare the team again this week and will have a big influence.

“It’s up to us to deal with this loss, but it was such a big game for everyone that circumstances, things happen, you just have to deal with it.

“The manager is very present in the place, so we will have to take care of it.

“The instructions will be the same, we know how he works, we know what he wants, we know what messages to send to the players so I hope it won’t have too big an impact.”

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