As West Ham prepared to play their last game of football at the Boleyn Ground yesterday against Manchester United, a number of their fans decided it would be a great idea to trash the United team bus.
A video posted to Snapchat by Man United winger, Jesse Lingard, reveals the chaotic scenes on the bus as windows were smashed by ‘a number of objects’ forcing the players to take to the floor for cover.
However it’s only fair to say, they don’t seem too distressed – looking more like a bus full of irritating schoolboys than a group of people literally being attacked.
Following the incident, which resulted in last nights game being delayed for 45 minutes, West Ham have claimed that they will be issuing life bans to everyone involved in the attack, reports the BBC.
A statement released by the club read:
It was an extraordinary night full of extraordinary moments in front of extraordinary fans, 99% 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 referring to the one per cent of troublemakers, the club said their behaviour was ‘not acceptable’ and said they will ‘work with the police to identify those responsible and ban them for life’.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) May 11, 2016
Manchester United captain, Wayne Rooney, also commented on the madness, saying:
It wasn’t nice, the coach got smashed up. I’m sure West Ham as a club will be disappointed with what the fans have done.
On the pitch, the final 90 minutes in the Boleyn’s 112 year history ended in fitting style, as the Hammers came from behind to win thanks to Winston Reid’s header.
As West Ham Captain Mark Noble said after the game, the win was ‘written in the stars’
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.