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Sunday 22 April 2018

Chaos as Manchester United bus is pelted by bottles

A woman and child are helped past West Ham fans in the chaos before kick-off last night. Photo: Getty
A woman and child are helped past West Ham fans in the chaos before kick-off last night. Photo: Getty
A full can of beer smashes into the Manchester United team bus as it arrives at West Ham's ground

Aine Fox in London

POLICE have defended their security arrangements after Manchester United team bus was pelted with beer cans and bottles as it arrived for a match at West Ham in London.

One police officer and a member of the public suffered minor injuries but police said no-one had been arrested.

A spokesman insisted: "An appropriate policing plan is in place."

The attacks with bottles caused serious damage to windows on the bus.

The Boleyn Ground, which has been home to West Ham United for 112 years, was hosting its last match last night when fans attacked the visitors' coach.

The team is moving to the Olympic Stadium next season.

Kick-off was delayed until 8.30pm and United captain Wayne Rooney said: "It wasn't nice. The coach got smashed up, but we are here now.

"It's not for me to say, but it was disappointing of course. It's a big night for West Ham, but I'm sure West Ham as a club will be disappointed with what the fans have done."

United boss Louis van Gaal said the incident was "not so nice". He said: "It is not the first time I have seen that. The way we have been received is not the proper way, of course. That makes all the influence on the players and that is a pity."

West Ham co-owner David Sullivan said he was disappointed that fans would be delayed and blamed the Manchester United bus for not arriving earlier to beat the traffic chaos around the ground.

He told Sky Sports: "Man United should have got here at 4pm. They know it's our last game. They had the same problem at Tottenham a few weeks ago. I think the police and officials have been kind. I'd make them kick off at 7.45pm if I was in charge."

Irish Independent

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