West Ham United’s victorious farewell to Upton Park was tarnished as the Manchester United United team bus came under attack from West Ham supporters ahead of Tuesday’s final match at the old ground.
Beer bottles and other objects were hurled at the vehicle as hundreds of West Ham fans handed the visitors a vitriolic welcome.
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ManUtd</a> filmed themselves as <a href="https://twitter.com/whufc_official">whufc_official fans bombarded their coach with bottles and canshttps://t.co/5qj6NwcJhl
SkyNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/SkyNews/status/730338598201876480">May 11, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <b></b> The Football Association "strongly condemned" the incident. <b></b> <blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Players from <a href="https://twitter.com/ManUtd">ManUtd filmed themselves as
whufc_official</a> fans bombarded their coach with bottles and cans<a href="https://t.co/5qj6NwcJhl">https://t.co/5qj6NwcJhl</a></p>— Sky News (SkyNews) May 11, 2016
An investigation has been launched involving the Metropolitan Police,the FA and both clubs.
West Ham boss Slaven Bilic mused on the lack policing:“I live in Canary Wharf, in Canary Wharf if you pick your nose you have a couple of policemen surrounding you saying ‘you can’t do that’. Here you have a football game, fifty thousand people and no police, this is kind of strange to me.”
West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan initially blamed the chaos on the Man United arriving late.
joeforliverpool) <a href="https://twitter.com/joeforliverpool/status/730107654002069507">May 10, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <b></b> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">West Ham chairman David Sullivan on the delayed kick-off. <a href="https://t.co/uwL9h0VymT">pic.twitter.com/uwL9h0VymT</a></p>— Football__Tweet (Football__Tweet) May 10, 2016
The club has since backtracked and said any fans found to be involved will be banned for life.