Ugly scenes marred West Ham United’s final game at their Upton Park stadium as Manchester United’s bus was attacked on the way into the ground, delaying kick-off by over 45 minutes.
The match had been scheduled to start at 19:45 BST but was pushed back to 20:30.
It is reported that bottles were thrown and broke a window of the United bus as police escorted the visitors into the stadium.
“It wasn’t nice, the coach got smashed up,” said visiting captain Wayne Rooney.
He told Sky Sports: “I’m sure West Ham as a club will be disappointed with what the fans have done.”
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal added: “I think the images shall tell everything.
“It has an influence on the players – not just Manchester United, but also West Ham. I think it will be very aggressive because the fans were emotional. They will influence the game, I think.”
West Ham’s co-chairman David Sullivan told BBC Radio 5 live: “It is depressing really, it will be a late night for our fans and some of them won’t be able to stay.
“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.”
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said an “appropriate policing plan is in place”, adding: “We are aware that a number of items were thrown towards Manchester United’s coach.
“One police officer and a member of the public sustained minor injuries. There have been no arrests.”
[Source: BBC SPORT]
By: Lincoln Kyle September (firstname.lastname@example.org)