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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

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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