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Published: 12:45 | 11/5/16

Sullivan apologises to United

Hammers co-chairman vows to take action

West Ham's David Sullivan has apologised to Manchester United for the attack on their team bus ahead of Tuesday's Premier League game at Upton Park.

The United team bus was attacked by supporters as it made its way to the ground, with one window smashed after bottles and other missiles were hurled from the crowd.

Sullivan was unhappy that kick-off was delayed by 45 minutes and initially blamed United for failing to get to the ground on time, saying "if you check the coach there won't be any damage to it".

However, having learned of the damage, Sullivan has issued an apology to United and confirmed that any culprits that are identified will be issued with lifetime bans.

"If we were to have scripted how our final game at the Boleyn would have played out, it wouldn't have been much different to last night's match. The West Ham family then all celebrated our legends and former players together in what was a truly fitting ceremony to say goodbye to our home of 112 years," O'Sullivan said.

"Sadly, the actions of very small minority of people outside the ground prior to kick-off risks overshadowing those celebrations. I want to be clear - their behaviour was completely unacceptable and does not represent our Club or our values.

"When I was asked about the incident prior to yesterday's game, I was unaware of the damage that had occurred to the Manchester United team bus. I want to apologise to Manchester United for that damage and assure them that we will be doing all we can to track down those responsible and ban them for life.

"This morning I have already tasked my senior team to work with the police to identify them as their behaviour belongs in the past and not in a future that promises so much for our great Club."

"I truly hope that in due course we will look back on what happened in the stadium rather than what happened outside and remember our farewell to the Boleyn for all the right reasons."

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