Eamonn Holmes has apologised for appearing to link the violence at West Ham vs. Manchester United with the Hillsborough disaster.
The last ever game at the Boleyn Ground was marred by ugly scenes which saw the visiting team's bus pelted with bottles.
While many fans were quick to condemn the hooliganism, Holmes made a controversial remark while speaking on Sky.
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Discussing the return of football hooliganism, he said: "This is going back to the 70s and 80s. Everything that you were seeing that was bad about Hillsborough for instance."
Last month, families of victims of the Hillsborough disaster were vindicated in their fight for justice when an inquiry into the deaths of 96 Liverpool supporters ruled they had been unlawfully killed.
Holmes, who is a Manchester United fan, has attempted to apologise, but he also hit out at those who had accused him of disrespecting the memory of the victims, suggesting they were stirring up trouble.
The inquiry found that despite accusations, fans' behaviour played no part in the tragedy, which happened at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at the Sheffield Wednesday stadium on April 15 1989.
West Ham have promised to hand out lifetime bans for any fans found to have played a part in the trouble, which delayed kickoff by 45 minutes.
The incidents threatened to overshadow what was a momentous night for the Hammers, as they said goodbye to Upton Park with a sensational 3-2 win. After the game, there was further disorder as fans embarked on a smash-and-grab to harvest souvenirs from the soon-to-be-demolished stadium.
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