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English FA distressed after Manchester United bus attack


Rowdy English fans attached Manchester United bus as it arrives for the Premier League football match against West Ham United.

The match was billed to take place at Upton Park, London on Tuesday. May 10, 2016.

Manchester United’s players took refuge in the aisle of the team bus, lying down almost on top of each in the commotion.

Thuds and banging were heard outside on the bus as objects hit the windows.

Some players and officials shouted and cursed, while others found time to even laugh. 

United’s bus was pelted with objects as it crawled through hundreds of fans toward Upton Park for the team’s match against West Ham. 

Surrounded by riot police, the scene of violence revived memories of the hooliganism that was rife in English soccer in the 1970s and ’80s.

Video footage showed damage to sections of the tinted windows of the bus.

Lingard, the United winger, managed to capture some of the violence on his phone from inside the bus and the images spread across social media. 

Flares went off on the litter-filled streets.

The damaged bus carrying United’s players eventually entered the stadium but kickoff was delayed by 45 minutes. 

United lost the match 3-2, hurting its ambitions of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

Coach Louis van Gaal said the team’s performance was influenced by what happened before the game.

On Wednesday, West Ham administration apologized for the pre-game incidents.

They said some supporters ”didn’t act in an appropriate way when the Manchester United team bus was damaged.”

”That was not acceptable,” West Ham said in a statement.

‘We will work with the police to identify those responsible and ban them for life.”

The English Football Association said that it is investigating the incidents.

The Premier League said it would not be commenting on the ugly scenes.

English soccer has largely put the dark days of the ’70s and ’80s behind it.

Crowd trouble often confined these days to coin-throwing, field invasions, isolated racism or incidents that take place well away from the venues and instead in city centers. 

The introduction of all-seater stadiums since the Hillsborough disaster of 1989 has also enhanced the match-day experience of spectators who come from far and wide to watch.

96 Liverpool fans had died after a crush in a stand.

Following this latest incident, London police said Wednesday that four officers sustained minor injuries during the incidents. 

No arrests have been made over criminal damage to the bus but three men were arrested during the game, including one for fighting and two for entering the field.

Police are looking at camera footage and appealed for witnesses.

During the game, a bottle was thrown at Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea from the West Ham end.


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