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Eamonn Holmes apologises over Hillsborough comparison to Manchester United bus attack

West Ham fans pelted team coach with missiles, smashing windows and delaying kick-off

By Jonny Bell

Published 11/05/2016

The bus carrying the Manchester United team is escorted by police after having a window smashed on its way to West Ham's Boleyn ground. /AFP/Getty Images
The bus carrying the Manchester United team is escorted by police after having a window smashed on its way to West Ham's Boleyn ground. /AFP/Getty Images
A woman and a child are helped past West Ham fans as people become violent and start throwing bottles at police outside the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Manchester United team coach has a window smashed on its way to West Ham's Boleyn. AFP/Getty Images
A man stands in the way of police horses as West Ham fans become violent and start throwing bottles at police outside the Boleyn Ground, the Home of West Ham United football club on May 10, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
A man is knocked over by police horses as West Ham fans become violent and start throwing bottles at police outside the Boleyn Ground, the Home of West Ham United football club on May 10, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
A woman and a child are helped past West Ham fans as people become violent and start throwing bottles at police outside the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: Police try to control West Ham fans gathered near 'The Champions' statue outside the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. Tonights Premier League match against Manchester United is West Ham United's last game at the Boleyn Ground, bringing to an end 112 years of the club's history at the ground. The club will move into the Olympic Stadium next season, making way for developers and plans for 800 new homes where the stadium now stands. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: West Ham fans watch the Manchester United players arrive outside the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. Tonights Premier League match against Manchester United is West Ham United's last game at the Boleyn Ground, bringing to an end 112 years of the club's history at the ground. The club will move into the Olympic Stadium next season, making way for developers and plans for 800 new homes where the stadium now stands. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: West Ham fans gather on 'The Champions' statue outside the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. Tonights Premier League match against Manchester United is West Ham United's last game at the Boleyn Ground, bringing to an end 112 years of the club's history at the ground. The club will move into the Olympic Stadium next season, making way for developers and plans for 800 new homes where the stadium now stands. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: Police try to control West Ham fans gathered near 'The Champions' statue outside the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. Tonights Premier League match against Manchester United is West Ham United's last game at the Boleyn Ground, bringing to an end 112 years of the club's history at the ground. The club will move into the Olympic Stadium next season, making way for developers and plans for 800 new homes where the stadium now stands. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: Police try to control West Ham fans gathered near 'The Champions' statue outside the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. Tonights Premier League match against Manchester United is West Ham United's last game at the Boleyn Ground, bringing to an end 112 years of the club's history at the ground. The club will move into the Olympic Stadium next season, making way for developers and plans for 800 new homes where the stadium now stands. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: West Ham fans gather near 'The Champions' statue outside the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. Tonights Premier League match against Manchester United is West Ham United's last game at the Boleyn Ground, bringing to an end 112 years of the club's history at the ground. The club will move into the Olympic Stadium next season, making way for developers and plans for 800 new homes where the stadium now stands. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: West Ham fans gather near 'The Champions' statue outside the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. Tonights Premier League match against Manchester United is West Ham United's last game at the Boleyn Ground, bringing to an end 112 years of the club's history at the ground. The club will move into the Olympic Stadium next season, making way for developers and plans for 800 new homes where the stadium now stands. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: West Ham fans gather near 'The Champions' statue outside the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. Tonights Premier League match against Manchester United is West Ham United's last game at the Boleyn Ground, bringing to an end 112 years of the club's history at the ground. The club will move into the Olympic Stadium next season, making way for developers and plans for 800 new homes where the stadium now stands. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: West Ham fans gather on 'The Champions' statue outside the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. Tonights Premier League match against Manchester United is West Ham United's last game at the Boleyn Ground, bringing to an end 112 years of the club's history at the ground. The club will move into the Olympic Stadium next season, making way for developers and plans for 800 new homes where the stadium now stands. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: West Ham fans gather on 'The Champions' statue outside the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. Tonights Premier League match against Manchester United is West Ham United's last game at the Boleyn Ground, bringing to an end 112 years of the club's history at the ground. The club will move into the Olympic Stadium next season, making way for developers and plans for 800 new homes where the stadium now stands. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: West Ham fans gather on 'The Champions' statue outside the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. Tonights Premier League match against Manchester United is West Ham United's last game at the Boleyn Ground, bringing to an end 112 years of the club's history at the ground. The club will move into the Olympic Stadium next season, making way for developers and plans for 800 new homes where the stadium now stands. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: West Ham fans buy programmes near the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. Tonights Premier League match against Manchester United is West Ham United's last game at the Boleyn Ground, bringing to an end 112 years of the club's history at the ground. The club will move into the Olympic Stadium next season, making way for developers and plans for 800 new homes where the stadium now stands. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 10: A West Ham fan takes a photograph prior to the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. West Ham United are playing their last ever home match at the Boleyn Ground after their 112 year stay at the stadium. The Hammers will move to the Olympic Stadium for the 2016-17 season. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
The Manchester United coach arrives for the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER West Ham. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 10: The Manchester United team coach attempts to make its way through the crowds prior to the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. West Ham United are playing their last ever home match at the Boleyn Ground after their 112 year stay at the stadium. The Hammers will move to the Olympic Stadium for the 2016-17 season. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 10: Programmes for sale prior to the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. West Ham United are playing their last ever home match at the Boleyn Ground after their 112 year stay at the stadium. The Hammers will move to the Olympic Stadium for the 2016-17 season. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
West Ham fans have their picture taken by the 1966 World Cup winners statue outside West Ham's Boleyn ground before the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Manchester United in in east London on May 10, 2016. West Ham United will be leaving their stadium at the end of the season and moving to the Olympic stadium. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 10: A West Ham fan poses prior to the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. West Ham United are playing their last ever home match at the Boleyn Ground after their 112 year stay at the stadium. The Hammers will move to the Olympic Stadium for the 2016-17 season. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Graffiti outside West Ham's Boleyn ground before the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Manchester United in in east London on May 10, 2016. West Ham United will be leaving their stadium at the end of the season and moving to the Olympic stadium. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
A view of the gates of West Ham's Boleyn ground before the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Manchester United in in east London on May 10, 2016. West Ham United will be leaving their stadium at the end of the season and moving to the Olympic stadium. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
A view of the gates of West Ham's Boleyn ground before the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Manchester United in in east London on May 10, 2016. West Ham United will be leaving their stadium at the end of the season and moving to the Olympic stadium. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
Fans outside Upton Park before the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER West Ham. Photo credit should read: Tim Goode/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 10: West Ham fans enjoy the atmosphere outside the stadium prior to the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. West Ham United are playing their last ever home match at the Boleyn Ground after their 112 year stay at the stadium. The Hammers will move to the Olympic Stadium for the 2016-17 season. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
Fans gather before West Ham United's last game at Upton Park, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER West Ham. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
The West Ham coach arrives for the last game at Upton Park, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER West Ham. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: West Ham supporters gather outside West Ham United FC's Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. Tonights Premier League match against Manchester United is West Ham United's last game at the Boleyn Ground, bringing to an end 112 years of the club's history at the ground. The club will move into the Olympic Stadium next season, making way for developers and plans for 800 new homes where the stadium now stands. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: West Ham supporters gather inside the Boleyn Pub near West Ham United FC's Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. Tonights Premier League match against Manchester United is West Ham United's last game at the Boleyn Ground, bringing to an end 112 years of the club's history at the ground. The club will move into the Olympic Stadium next season, making way for developers and plans for 800 new homes where the stadium now stands. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: A group of West Ham supporters have their photograph taken outside West Ham United FC's Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. Tonights Premier League match against Manchester United is West Ham United's last game at the Boleyn Ground, bringing to an end 112 years of the club's history at the ground. The club will move into the Olympic Stadium next season, making way for developers and plans for 800 new homes where the stadium now stands. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Eamonn Holmes has apologised over comments he made likening the Hillsborough tragedy to West Ham fans attacking the Manchester United team bus.

The Manchester United team coach was attacked as it made its way to the final match at Upton Park on Tuesday night.

Windows were smashed and the kick-off of the game was delayed for 45 minutes.

Footage filmed on the coach by Manchester United winger Jesse Lingard showed players shouting, screaming, laughing and hiding on the floor as the coach was hit by objects thrown outside the ground.

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney said "it wasn't nice... West Ham as a club would be disappointed with what the fans have done".

West Ham have said those fans found responsible would be banned for life from attending their games.

Discussing the incident on Sky News on Wednesday morning, Eamonn Holmes likened the fans' attack to the Hillsborough disaster.

"This is going back to the 70s and to the 80s, the type of thing you were seeing that was bad about Hillsborough, for instance," he said.

His comments sparked a huge reaction on social media.

Holmes - a Manchester United supporter - later apologised saying he would "never seek to create such an offence".








 

Following the verdicts in the Hillsborough inquests last month, the jury cleared all fans of any involvement in the disaster which claimed the lives of 96 football supporters.


 

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