West Ham to ban fans who at­tacked United bus

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West Ham have promised to ban for life any fans found to have been in­volved in ugly scenes that marred their last-ever match at Up­ton Park on Tues­day night.

On the pitch, the Ham­mers signed off in style as Win­ston Reid’s header com­pleted a come-frombe­hind 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, West Ham said: “It was an ex­tra­or­di­nary night full of ex­tra­or­di­nary mo­ments in front of ex­tra­or­di­nary fans - 99 per cent 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.”

The Eng­lish FA also said it would launch its own in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“The FA strongly con­demns the un­savoury in­ci­dents in­volv­ing both the Manch­ester United team coach and ob­jects thrown from a sec­tion of the home sup­port dur­ing the game,” said the FA. “We will work closely with both clubs and the Met Po­lice.”

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