Man Utd coach attacked at Upton Park

11 May

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Watch how Man Utd players reacted to coach attack

Ugly scenes marred West Ham’s last game at Upton Park as Manchester United’s coach was attacked before the match.

Bottles were thrown, smashing the coach’s glass as police escorted the visitors and kick-off was delayed.

The Football Association “condemned the unsavoury incidents”, adding it will also investigate objects being thrown during the game by home supporters.

“It wasn’t nice, the coach got smashed up,” said visiting captain Wayne Rooney, before his side’s 3-2 defeat.

He told Sky Sports: “I’m sure West Ham as a club will be disappointed with what the fans have done.”

Footage filmed on the coach by United winger Jesse Lingard showed the players shouting, screaming, laughing and hiding on the floor as the coach was hit by objects.

West Ham move to the Olympic Stadium for the start of next season after 112 years at Upton Park, also known as the Boleyn Ground.

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Manchester United’s coach was attacked on the way into Upton Park

United goalkeeper David De Gea appeared to be targeted by water bottles from a section of the West Ham support.

The FA said: “We will work closely with both clubs and the Metropolitan Police to fully investigate these matters.”

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.”

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A family outside Upton Park

West Ham co-Chairman David Sullivan played down the incident, telling BBC Radio 5 live that their opponents should have arrived earlier.

“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.

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.”

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The United squad eventually got into the ground at 19:10 BST

Jonathan Pearce, the BBC’s commentator at Upton Park, said: “It is a terrible, terrible shame. The bottles were thrown just across the road from the iconic statue of World Cup winners [Geoff] Hurst, [Bobby] Moore and [Martin] Peters.

“So many wonderful West Ham fans are here and they have been denied a perfect evening.”

BBC Sport’s chief football writer Phil McNulty, also at the game, said: “Manchester United arrived late, as they did for the recent London game at Tottenham, and were met by thousands of West Ham United fans thronging around near the entrance to the stadium.

“It was then that the attack on the team coach, as confirmed by United captain Wayne Rooney, took place.

“Some of the behaviour of supporters outside has taken the edge of the celebratory tone of the occasion.”

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No arrests have been made in relation to the incident, according to police
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There were thousands of fans outside Upton Park to celebrate the occasion
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Police said an “appropriate” plan was in place
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Celebrity West Ham fan Russell Brand arrives for the final match at Upton Park

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