West Ham United has insisted they will ban for life anyone found to have thrown missiles at the Manchester United team bus.
The Manchester United bus was pelted with missiles, with windows damaged after objects were thrown at it on their way to Upton Park for their game against the home side, which forced the match to be delayed by 45 minutes and the FA has said they will investigate incidents before and during the Hammers’ final game at the Boleyn Ground on Tuesday night.
Footage apparently taken by United player Jesse Lingard showed the players taking refuge in the aisle down the centre of the bus as bottles and cans smashed against the windows.Items were also thrown inside the stadium and the FA will look at the matter in closer detail.West Ham issued a statement which 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.”
A statement from the FA was released after the match that, ended 3-2 to the Hammers.It read: “The FA strongly condemns the unsavoury incidents this evening involving both the Manchester United team coach outside West Ham United’s Boleyn Ground and objects thrown from a section of the home support during the game.”We will work closely with both clubs and the Metropolitan Police to fully investigate these matters”.
The Metropolitan Police confirmed on Wednesday morning that four officers suffered injuries during the trouble outside the ground.”No arrests have been made so far in connection with the criminal damage caused to the coach. Enquiries are ongoing,” the force confirmed.”Three men were arrested during the course of the match: A 20-year-old man on arrested on suspicion of affray; a 47-year-old man and an 18-year-old man were arrested for pitch incursion. They have all been taken to an east London police station for questioning”.