West Ham to ban fans involved in shameful Manchester United bus attack for life

first_img1 Manchester United’s team coach comes under attack from West Ham fans West Ham have promised to ban for life any supporters who were responsible for attacking the Manchester United team coach at Upton Park on Tuesday evening.There were shameful scenes ahead of the Hammers’ final game at Upton Park as United’s coach was pelted with missiles as it made its way to the ground.There was significant damage to the bus and one police officer and a member of the public were left with minor injuries, while the incident resulted in the kick-off being delayed until 8.30pm.West Ham co-chairman David Sulivan initially refused to criticise home supporters and claimed United were to blame for turning up late to the ground.Sullivan said: “I don’t understand why United couldn’t get here at 4pm. They could have got here early. They knew it would be busy. It’s crazy.”There was congestion in the street and they couldn’t get the coach in. There were people around the coach, but there was no attack on the coach.”If you check the coach there won’t be any damage to it. If we arrived late at Old Trafford they wouldn’t put the kick-off back.”But the east London club have now condemned fans involved and vowed to exclude them for life.A West Ham statement read: “It was an extraordinary night full of extraordinary moments in front of extraordinary fans. 99 percent of whom behaved impeccably and were a credit to the club.“We have already had thousands of Tweets and emails from fans to say how proud they were to be a part of such a special evening in West Ham’s history.“However, we are aware that there were some supporters outside the Boleyn Ground who didn’t act in an appropriate way when the Manchester United team bus was damaged.“That was not acceptable and we will work with the police to identify those responsible and ban them for life.”West Ham, who went on win a thrilling game 3-2, are facing a Football Association investigation over the bus attack.The FA will also probe incidents during the match, with objects thrown from a section of the home support.An FA statement read: “We will work closely with both clubs and the Metropolitan Police to fully investigate these matters.”last_img

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