LONDON, Sporting Alert – Manchester United team bus was smashed up by trouble-making West Ham United fans, which delayed the travelers’ arrival for the all important English Premier League clash with the Hammers.
The match, which is the final game at Upton Park, has been delayed by 45 minutes and kick-off time will now push back to 3:30 ET.
Images have shown the window on the driver’s side being smashed, as the home supporters pelted bottles and other hard objects at the Manchester United team coach.
United and England captain Wayne Rooney was on the bus and the forward revealed that it was pretty unpleasant.
“It wasn’t nice. The coach got smashed up, but we’re here now, so have to prepare for the game and go out and do our job,” Rooney told Sky Sports.
He added: “I’m sure you’ll see the images. That’s not for me to say, but I think it was disappointing of course.
“We know it’s a big game for West Ham, big night for them, leaving the stadium, but I’m sure West Ham as a club will be disappointed with what the fans have done.”
And it wasn’t only the Manchester United players who were affected, as West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian, though not fit to play this game, was also shaken up by the incident.
Adrian, who arrived late, was unable to drive his car to the parking spot the congestion and had to park some where and get escorted by police and security into the stadium.
He admitted to being a little shaken up.
No injuries were reported.
A number of police and security officials are trying hard to clear the area.
It will be interesting to see what will happen after the game when the game is over and Manchester United are to leave.
West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan thinks Manchester United travel plans were poor and the officials have been too kind.
He told Sky Sports: “I think the Police and officials have been kind, I would make them kick off at 7.45 if it was up to me.
“Manchester United know the score, they should have been here at four o’clock.
“I’m worried about the supporters. We had a wonderful show planned and some won’t be able to stay now.”
Also affected were supporters who were unable to get through. Several had to receive treatment for cuts and bruises.