Tuesday 21 November 2017

Eamonn Holmes slammed after appearing to compare West Ham bus attack and Hillsborough

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

There were some very unsavoury scenes outside Upton Park last night as West Ham's final game at the ground was marred by pre-match violence from fans.

The game was delayed by 45 minutes after West Ham supporters pelted the United team bus with debris as innocent bystanders fled from the chaos. The incident brought widespread condemnation from people, with Sky pundit Graeme Souness calling the bus attackers 'morons'.

However, a comment made by another Sky personality is drawing criticism from many. Eamonn Holmes, who will be familiar to people for also hosting ITV's This Morning, was on Sky News earlier today when he appeared to liken last night's incident to the Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 96 people in 1989.

“This is going back to the 70s and to the 80s, the type of thing you were seeing that was bad about Hillsborough, for instance,” he said in reference to last night's incident.

After getting a lot of criticism for his comments, Holmes issued a defence on Twitter.

"The Hillsborough families have suffered enough without distasteful sniping like this," he said.

"For the record there is no comparison between events last night at West Ham and Hillsborough. On the programme I was trying to talk about images we never ever want to see again.

"If anyone concluded anything different my humblest & most honest apologies. I am a huge supporter of The Hillsborough struggle for justice."

However, there are still many who took umbrage with the presenter's original remarks.

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