Sun. Feb 17th, 2019

Sullivan blasts Man Utd after match delay: ‘Officials have been kind’

The Boleyn Ground will showcase its final domestic fixture on Monday night when Louis van Gaal’s men take on the Hammers, but kick-off has been delayed until 8.30pm

West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan has criticised Manchester United’s punctuality after the farewell Premier League match at Upton Park was delayed by 45 minutes.

The Manchester side arrived after schedule following busy traffic in the capital but were prevented from entering the stadium car park to disembark after their team bus was pelted with bottles on its way in, smashing one of the side windows.

Despite the Hammers fans’ poor behaviour, the club official failed to criticise the supporters and instead turned his attention toward the arrival time of their opponents.

“I’m gravely disappointed, more for our supporters,” Sullivan told Sky Sports.

“What people forget is they’ve got trains and buses to get home and we’ve got a wonderful, wonderful show after the game for them. many just can’t stay any more.

“United should have got here at 4pm. They know it’s our last game. They had the same problem at Tottenham a few weeks ago.”I think the police and officials have been kind. I’d make them kick-off at 7.45pm if I was in charge.”


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