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
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".
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".
Just being made aware of someone trying to use me to stir up trouble re The Hillsborough disaster . How low , how disgusting.— Eamonn Holmes (@EamonnHolmes) May 11, 2016
The Hillsborough famalies have suffered enough without distasteful sniping like this. For the record there is no comparison between .....— Eamonn Holmes (@EamonnHolmes) May 11, 2016
.....events last night at West Ham and Hillsborough. On the programme I was trying to talk about images we never ever want to see again.— Eamonn Holmes (@EamonnHolmes) May 11, 2016
If anyone concluded anything different my humblest & most honest apologies. I am a huge supporter of The Hillsborough struggle for justice— Eamonn Holmes (@EamonnHolmes) May 11, 2016
Last night's events do not remotely register in comparison.— Eamonn Holmes (@EamonnHolmes) May 11, 2016
I am an honest & decent football supporter &man & would never seek to create such an offence. Those who are trying to do so r very wrong.— Eamonn Holmes (@EamonnHolmes) May 11, 2016
Obviously there is no comparison between Hillsborough & the scenes at W Ham last night......— Eamonn Holmes (@EamonnHolmes) May 11, 2016
I apologise unreservedly if anyone thought I was making that connection.— Eamonn Holmes (@EamonnHolmes) May 11, 2016
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.
Bottles get thrown at a bus - compare it to Hillsborough. Idiotic on every conceivable level. https://t.co/TBQkoakD9l— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) May 11, 2016