New footage has emerged appearing to show Aston Villa fans smash Derby coach’s window with kids on board prior to the playoff final on Sunday.
Bottles and other objects were thrown at the bus from fans on the green outside the The Green Man Pub, a short walk from Wembley.
The Villa fans also made gestures towards those on the coach and an eyewitness on the coach has said that there was no goading from the Derby supporters.
She said: “It was terrifying. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
“It was like they (the Aston Villa fans involved) had no care in the world that people were inside.
“There was no goading from any Derby fans to start it. It was mainly elderly people inside. It was scary and very intimidating.
“It ruined our day. The result didn’t help obviously but we could not concentrate on the match because it had shaken us all up and my mum was worried throughout about how we would get back home.
“There was a young lad, who was about seven years old, in front of me who was screaming when the window next to him was smashed.
“I feel so sorry for him as he has probably been put off going to a football match again. I hope Derby County can do something for him.
“I feel our safety was put at risk but to be fair there was nothing the driver could do as he was stuck in traffic.
“I will never be going to Wembley by coach again, that’s for sure.”
Watch the video for yourself below…
A campaign has been launched to help cover the cost of repairs to a coach that was damaged by fans outside Wembley.
The vehicle was carrying Derby supporters to the play-off final when it was pelted with bottles.
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Big Green Coach Ltd released the following statement: “On Bank Holiday Monday we had coach services running from Derby to Wembley Stadium carrying Derby FC fans to see the Play Off Finals.
“We were officially booked into the Wembley Stadium coach park (Yellow Car Park) in advance and had all information necessary to us about road closures and timings.
“On the way to Wembley, only a couple of hundred metres from the Stadium, as the coach approached the car park on Wembley Hill Road, one of the vehicles was attacked by Aston Villa fans with bottles and cans thrown at the coach, causing not only damage to the vehicle but understandable fear amongst those on board, including families.
“We are currently investigating the incident, speaking to Ridleys (the operator) and the driver and all customers have been contacted today to collect more information.
“The route taken was one we’ve used for Wembley games we have operated at in previous years, many times, and the quickest route to the Official Coach park from the motorway the coach came off.
“Whilst we are in talks with Wembley, this road was open to vehicles approaching, and it could not be foreseen that a group of people would behave in this manner and we were saddened this morning to hear of the news.
“We will keep customers updated on any information from Wembley Stadium regarding how to get vehicles into Yellow Car Park in future or measures being taken to ensure this doesn’t happen in the future.
“A new vehicle was sourced for the journey home as we would never allow customers to travel on a damaged vehicle.
“We have collected video footage from both on board the vehicle and from the crowds of people outside the coach and are responding to any customers that contact our customer services and social media.”
Since then Villa fans have come together to raise nearly £6,000 to fund the repair costs for the coach damaged.
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After watching footage of Villa fans damaged the Derby coach full of fans, social media users took to give their reaction on it – find out what they made of it on the next page.