Ugly scenes at the Boleyn Ground.

West Ham fans smash Manchester United team coach ahead of kick-off

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It’s fair to say West Ham’s match against Manchester United is going to be an emotionally charged affair but supporters are in danger of ruining the occasion.

Home supporters have bombarded the Manchester United coach with bottles while videos show that windows have been smashed as the away side approached the ground.

As a result, the kick-off - which was previously scheduled for 7:45pm - has been put back until 8:30pm.


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As you’re probably well aware, tonight’s match will be West Ham’s last at the Boleyn Ground after 112 years before their move to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford.

But, their supporters’ behaviour means they will have to wait a little longer to see the final 90 minutes after United’s coach was delayed in getting to the stadium.

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When they eventually arrived, United chiefs went straight to the referee’s office to request a normal preparation as they claim delay wasn’t their fault.

It’s not the first time United have had to request a match to be delayed recently. Against Tottenham last month, their bus turned up an hour late at White Hart Lane and the kick-off had to be delayed half an hour.

However, these circumstances are totally different and this clearly wasn’t their fault.

Upon arrival, Rooney told Sky Sports: “The team bus was smashed up. I’m sure West Ham as a club will be disappointed with what the fans have done.”

However, David Sullivan hasn’t obviously seen the scenes outside the ground and was less than sympathetic towards Manchester United, stating that they should have arrived earlier and was blaming them for the delay.

Sky Sports’ Geoff Shreeves explained the situation: “The Manchester coach was stopped 100 yards away from the ground and they were hemmed in by West Ham United fans.

"As soon as they got here, the club secretary went down to the referee’s room, Mike Dean, and asked for an extension to the warm-up time and said ‘we want the exact same time as we would usually get to prepare.’"

Shreeves continued: “Mike Dean consulted safety officials and, of course, West Ham’s club secretary as well and said ‘we understand the problems you’ve had and for that reason we grant you an extension to the kick-off time.’”

Of course, the late kick-off could cause plenty of problems for fans with tubes and buses terminating. The club are planning a farewell to their iconic stadium after the match but whether supporters will be able to stay and enjoy it remains to be seen given the 45-minute delay.

Hopefully, the unsavoury scenes outside the ground aren’t replicated on the pitch. Last week, we saw an ugly pitch across the capital at Stamford Bridge where Chelsea and Tottenham played.

While the match is a goodbye to the Boleyn Ground, it's also an important fixture for both sides. West Ham harbour hopes of qualifying for the Europa League, while Manchester United can still qualify for the Champions League.

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