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Ham United on Wednesday vowed to ban for life any fans found to have
taken part in an attack on the Manchester United team bus before their
key Premier League game.
WATCH: West Ham fans pelt Manchester United team bus
The attacked marred West Ham's 3-2 win over the English giants in the final match at the London club's Boleyn Ground on Tuesday.
match was delayed for 45 minutes as police in riot gear cleared
troublemakers who hurled bottles and cans at the bus while United's
players cowered on the floor.
"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," West Ham said in
"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."
London police said four officers were injured during the trouble, but no arrests have yet been made.
men were arrested during the game, including a 20-year-old on suspicion
of affray and two men aged 47 and 18 for rushing onto the pitch.
Police are scouring closed circuit television images of the incidents and have appealed for witnesses.
Ham co-chairperson David Sullivan initially blamed United for the delay to
kick-off, saying they should have arrived earlier at the ground, but on
Wednesday he backtracked.
"When I was asked about the incident
prior to yesterday's game, I was unaware of the damage that had occurred
to the Manchester United team bus," he said in a statement on the West
"I want to apologise to Manchester United for that
damage and assure them that we will be doing all we can to track down
those responsible and ban them for life."
West Ham vice-chairperson Karren Brady condemned the bus attack.
the board and everyone at West Ham United totally condemn the
unacceptable behaviour we saw outside the ground last night," Brady
wrote on Twitter.
"West Ham is a family club and the vast majority of fans attended Tuesday's final game to respectfully say Farewell Boleyn.
who chose to behave unacceptably will be dealt with in the strongest
way possible, with life bans for those guilty of violence.
events in the stadium last night were incredible and it would be a shame
if the actions of a mindless few outside overshadowed them.
behaviour was unacceptable and won't be stood for. But my overriding
memory will not be of them but of a fitting farewell to the Boleyn."