West Ham vow to ban fans that damaged bus

Date published: Wednesday 11th May 2016 9:22

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West Ham have promised to ban for life any fans found to have been involved in damaging the Manchester United team bus on the way to Upton Park on Tuesday night.

On the pitch, the Hammers signed off in style as Winston Reid’s header completed a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Manchester United, but kick-off had been delayed for 45 minutes after United’s coach came under attack on its approach to the stadium.

Bottles were also thrown at United goalkeeper David de Gea during the match, while another fan invaded the pitch to confront the Spaniard.

In a statement issued in the early hours of Wednesday morning, West Ham said: “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 vice-chairman Karren Brady used Twitter to condemn the attack on United’s bus.

“I, the Board and everyone at West Ham United totally condemn the unacceptable behaviour we saw outside the ground last night,” Brady wrote.

“West Ham is a family Club and the vast majority of fans attended Tuesday’s Final Game to respectfully say Farewell Boleyn”

“Those who chose to behave unacceptably will be dealt with in the strongest way possible, with life bans for those guilty of violence

“The events in the stadium last night were incredible and it would be a shame if the actions of a mindless few outside overshadowed them.

“Their behaviour was unacceptable &won’t be stood for. But my overriding memory will not be of them but of a fitting farewell to the Boleyn”

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