Former Manchester United and Leeds striker Alan Smith has revealed the truth about the Liverpool fans that allegedly attacked the ambulance carrying him from Anfield after he broke his leg.
The 34-year-old suffered the horrific injury after charging out to block a John Arne Riise free kick in a 1-0 defeat in the FA Cup.
Speaking about what occurred with the ambulance that day, he said: “It didn’t happen – fans were still in the ground. I went back to Liverpool a few years later with Newcastle and had a great reception.”
The original reports
“I had loads of mail from fans after the injury, including a lot from Liverpool. And Liverpool’s medical staff were great.” French striker Djibril Cisse had suffered the same injury a year prior playing for Liverpool.
Reports at the time had suggested that bottles, beer glasses and stones were thrown at the ambulance, whilst some tried to overturn it.
The fans were thought to have rushed out of the King Harry pub after they heard the news that the vehicle had become stuck in traffic.
Liverpool and Manchester United then issued a joint statement that condemned their actions.
Smith is now a player-coach at Notts County, who currently sit just outside the relegation places in League One.
He left United for Newcastle in 2007, spending five years with the Magpies. He joined Milton Keynes Dons, initially on loan, staying at stadium:mk until the summer when he joined Notts County.
Smith also appeared 19 times for England, scoring once.
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