Cape Town – South African children, who were part of a touring group on a bus to watch the Manchester United and Liverpool Premier League match, were left traumatised when the vehicle was reportedly attacked by protesters near Old Trafford in the United Kingdom.
The children reportedly had to hide under the bus chairs, as protesters threw bottles and cans at the bus on Monday.
A video of the incident has been going around social media since Monday.
The Guardian reported that the bus, owned and branded by Manchester-based Beeline VIP Coaches, was close to the stadium out the Tollgate when it was attacked by United supporters who were protesting against the club’s owner, the Glazer family.
Many thanks you idiots, we were bringing a group of kids to the game (Manchester United Fans) all we’re frightened to death) where we’re the @gmpolice when we needed you to keep the coach and kids safe ??? @mufcMPB @dansheldonsport @MENnewsdesk https://t.co/93ayHxcQ0o
— Beeline VIP Coaches (@BeelineVIPcoach) August 22, 2022
“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 at all,” the report quoted the bus driver, Adam Bradshaw as saying.
It took a few minutes for Bradshaw to get the bus away from the crowd and no one was injured during the incident, reported Independent.
“My main concern was nobody got injured. If a bottle had come through those poor kids would have got showered with glass,
“There were a couple of dents to the panel work but no broken glass, thank God,” the report quoted Bradshaw as saying.
Bradshaw said he could not answer when the children asked why they were being attacked.
“When things started being thrown they (the passengers) wanted to know why we were being targeted and I couldn’t give them a reason for it. I was shocked,” he was quoted as saying.
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Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe