Piers Morgan has criticised West Ham United supporters for their harsh treatment of Declan Rice at the London Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
A section of Hammers fans booed Rice, who had moved from West Ham to Mikel Arteta's team for a record £105million last summer, throughout the game, which the Gunners went on to win 6-0.
However, some West Ham fans did applaud him when he went to take a corner during the game, clearly acknowledging his previous role as their captain and his contribution to their Europa Conference League victory last season.
But taking to social media, Morgan expressed his disappointment with the West Ham supporters who chose to boo Rice, stating: «So classless of West Ham fans to incessantly boo Declan Rice after all he did for their club.»
Before he later added: «Absolute screamer from @_DeclanRice who refused to celebrate because he’s classier than the West Ham fans who booed him. He’s been the buy of the century.»
Since moving to the Emirates, Rice has been performing well, starting in everyPremier League game so far. He scored his first goal for Arsenal in a 3-1 win over Manchester United in September and has played a key role in their title challenge this season.
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Arteta spoke about Rice's return to his old club in the build-up to the game, saying: «It will be his first time back at his old club and a beautiful moment, I think for him. I think it's beautiful.»
He also shared his own experiences of returning to a former club, adding: «I had the experience to do it a few times and then you really see what they think of you and what youRead on football.london