Tuesday 27 September 2016

Alan Smith reveals that Liverpool fans never attacked his ambulance after horror injury

Published 01/04/2015 | 13:54

Manchester United's Alan Smith is stretchered off as manager Alex Ferguson (C) looks on during their FA Cup Fifth Round soccer match at Anfield on February 18, 2006. REUTERS/Phil Noble
Manchester United's Alan Smith is stretchered off as manager Alex Ferguson (C) looks on during their FA Cup Fifth Round soccer match at Anfield on February 18, 2006. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Former Leeds United and Manchester United star Alan Smith has dispelled a myth surrounding the horror injury he suffered at Anfield in 2006.

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Smith suffered a broken leg and a dislocated ankle after going down under a challenge from John Arne Riise and was hospitalised.

There were rumours at the time that his ambulance had been attacked by Reds fans who threw missiles at the vehicle and rocked it from side to side.

At the time, a spokesperson for the Merseyside ambulance trust confirmed an attack to the BBC: "It did not result in any delay in transferring the player to hospital but the trust cannot condone this type of behaviour while administering emergency treatment."

But the 34-year-old has revealed the story is completely false.

Smith fold Four Four Two: "It didn't happen - fans were still in the ground.

"I went back to Liverpool a few years later with Newcastle and had a great reception.

"I had loads of mail from fans after the injury, including a lot from Liverpool. And Liverpool's medical staff were great.

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