Manchester United Bus Attacked After Chelsea Match

Jeff HarbertSenior Writer ISeptember 21, 2008

The bus carrying Manchester United players and staff was attacked after leaving Stamford Bridge following the league meeting between Manchester United and Chelsea.

The Premiership Champions were making their return to the north-west of England after the 1-1 draw, in which seven United players were booked. United’s seven bookings will mean they will receive a fine of 25,000 pounds by the FA. United also accumulated seven bookings the last time they played Chelsea in the league.

Following the match a bottle was hurled at the windscreen and a missile was also thrown at the bus. The windscreen cracked but fortunately no one was injured.

It is unclear whether or not the attack was initiated by a Chelsea fan or not, but police are looking into the incident.

Manchester United officials played down the incident, however, stating that it was not something they were planning on looking into.

“Yes. There was an incident but the matter is now in the hands of the police,'' a club spokesman said.

There was post-match controversy the last time Chelsea and Manchester United faced off at Stamford Bridge, with Patrice Evra and other United players involved in a fracas with Chelsea officials who reportedly attacked them in order to get them to leave the pitch. Evra and a Chelsea official were both fined for that incident.

Chelsea officials were also keen to play down the incident, admitting they heard about it but were not necessarily concerned about it.

"We are aware of reports of an altercation with the Manchester United bus as it left the Stamford Bridge area,” a Chelsea spokesman said.

"It appears to be an isolated incident but we have launched a full investigation in conjunction with local authorities.

"We do not condone violence in any shape or form. If, as a result of our investigations, we find that any Chelsea supporters were involved we will take appropriate action against those individuals.''

It remains to be seen if this incident is just being blown out of proportion, or if it is an issue that needs to be dealt with. In the meantime, however, both clubs will look to prepare for their upcoming fixtures next weekend.