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One spectator launched a pint can of Carlsberg at the bus. Which is better than drinking it, we suppose – Photo: Twitter

Bus attacked by Manchester United fans ‘FULL of SA schoolkids’

With tensions at fever pitch, some Manchester United fans thought they were targeting the Liverpool team bus. How wrong they were…

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One spectator launched a pint can of Carlsberg at the bus. Which is better than drinking it, we suppose – Photo: Twitter

This is an own goal even Harry Maguire would be proud of. It has been revealed that a bus attacked by Manchester United fans this week was NOT carrying the Liverpool first team, as first thought. Instead, it contained a group of South African schoolchildren.

Manchester United fans ‘accidentally traumatise’ SA schoolchildren

The scarcely-believable mix-up took place on Monday night, ahead of one of football’s biggest derby games. The hatred both Man United and Liverpool supporters harbour for each other is off the scale – and this group of fans believed they had an opportunity to spook the Scousers.

Breaking off from an anti-ownership protest, some of those in attendance heard whispers that the Liverpool team bus was passing by. This piece of idle gossip turned the crowd’s anger towards the vehicle – as cans of beer and other objects were hurled towards its windows.

Vile chants also serenaded the coach and its occupants. But there was one rather fatal flaw to this whole operation. Man United fans weren’t intimidating the Liverpool team. They were instead TERRORISING a set of visiting children from South Africa.

Massive own goal: Beers, objects thrown at coach carrying SA kids

Beeline VIP Coaches confirmed via social media that it was THEIR bus caught up in the chaos. In a stinging statement posted yesterday, the travel service branded the fans ‘idiots’, revealing that the kids on board were ‘frightened to death’ by it all.

“Many thanks you idiots, we were bringing a group of kids to the game. They are Manchester United fans. All we’re frightened to death. Be assured everything is OK with the children, coach, and driver. There were no injuries or damage done to the coach – it just needed a good wash!”

Beeline VIP Coaches

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What’s more, had an outbreak of common sense occurred, the beer-chucking bozos would have realised that the bus itself had ‘MANCHESTER’ written on it in huge letters. It also carried an emblem of the worker bee – a symbol that represents the city and its people…

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We take it none of the supporters involved got a good look at the back of the bus, then? – Photo: Beeline VIP Coaches / Twitter

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Alas, the damage was done. Adam Bradshaw is the owner of the company, and he was also behind the wheel of the bus on Monday evening. He further confirmed that the South African kids had to ‘hide under their seats’, and spirits were dampened ahead of the big game.

“It was a school group from South Africa on a football tour. They’ve come over here to visit as many clubs in the UK as they can and play a few games. Part of the programme was to go to the game last night because they are all massive Man United fans.”

“They all had the scarves and shirts on and were excited for the game. Then we were outside that pub, The Tollgate. They started throwing bottles and cans at us for absolutely no reason. Kids were cowering under the seats and in the aisleways. It wasn’t good.” | Adam Bradshaw