COACHES carrying South Tyneside football fans came under attack after a Premier League football match.
Passengers travelling on the South Shields Sunderland Supporters’ bus leaving Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, after the club’s 3-0 defeat on Wednesday night say missiles were thrown as they waited in traffic.
The outside pane of the bus window was smashed, while a Jarrow supporters’ branch coach was attacked but not damaged.
Steven Pike, who helps organise the South Shields coach was with his two daughters, aged 14 and 20, and was horrified at the hooliganism.
The 47-year-old taxi driver said: “It was like going back in time to the 1970s or 80s, except then hooligans made sure they fought each other and were away from the crowds.
“This was a coach which was mostly filled with teenagers. We stopped at a red light and loads of kids were outside the coach – they started throwing bricks and even a scaffolding pole at the bus.
“One pane was smashed – thankfully just the outside one, and some were trying to get on.
“Who knows what would have happened if they did. All I could think about was trying to keep my girls safe.”
Mr Pike, from Washington, said there was no police escort for the coach.
He added: “It’s been said that the people responsible were Liverpool fans, but they weren’t wearing any colours. They could have just been a local gang.”
Seventy3 fanzine editor Mal Robinson, who was on the coach which had its window smashed, also slammed the thugs.
He said: “There’s no need for this in society, never mind at a football match.”
Dave Scott, who was also on the bus, added: “I was worried what was going to happen – the younger ones were terrified.
“We heard a big bang come from the left-hand side of the bus. People are suggesting that something similar to a Lambrini bottle was thrown.
“They surrounded the bus and were kicking the emergency door.”
A spokesman for Merseyside Police said: “We can confirm that we have now received a single report of damage to a football supporters’ coach leaving the Anfield area.
“A driver of one of the coaches called the force yesterday to say that a window had been smashed by an object thrown from outside a chip shop on Stanley Park Avenue South.
“Enquiries will be now carried out.”