Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

United Fury over Attack on Smith's Ambulance

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

United Fury over Attack on Smith's Ambulance

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Byline: ANDREW HODGSON

THE animosity between Liverpool and Manchester United fans reached an all-time low at the weekend when the ambulance taking Alan Smith to hospital was attacked by a drunken mob.

United midfielder Smith had dislocated his ankle and broken his leg after coming on as a substitute in the 1-0 defeat by Liverpool at Anfield in the FA Cup fifth round clash last Saturday morning.

While he was being transported by ambulance to hospital in Aintree, Smith and United doctor Mike Stone were subjected to an attack with bottles, beer glasses and stones which was said to have ' hor r i f ied' the two paramedics - both Liverpool fans - on board.

Witnesses claim that the mob were shouting 'Munich Scum' in reference to the plane crash that killed 23 people including eight United players in 1958 and were trying to overturn the vehicle by rocking it outside the King Harry pub on the Anfield Road outside the ground.

A spokesman for the Merseyside ambulance trust today confirmed the attack and condemned the people responsible. He said: 'It did not result in any delay in transferring the player to hospital but the trust cannot condone this type of behaviour while administering emergency treatment.' Both clubs also moved swiftly and issued a joint statement to stress how appalled they were at the actions of a minority.

It read: 'These people aren't real fans of football. Both clubs feel the mindless actions of a few idiots should not overshadow the efforts of all involved to make sure Alan received the best possible treatment as soon as possible. …

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