Crystal Palace fans vandalise own team’s coach by mistake
Crystal Palace fans’ attempts to stamp their mark on Middlesbrough prior to the two teams’ game on Saturday went wrong, as they mistakenly vandalised their own team’s coach.
Just hours before the crucial 1-0 victory, secured by Patrick van Aanholt’s goal, the Crystal Palace team bus was vandalised while parked outside a hotel near Selhurst Park.
The words ‘Crystal Palace FC’ were sprayed onto a red and blue background on the bus, causing damage in a case of mistaken identity, as those responsible thought they were tagging the Middlesbrough coach.
The confusion appears to have arisen due to the fact the Palace players were thought to be staying in a hotel regularly used by away fans when they visit the Eagles.
Palace’s assistant head groundsman, Dean Waters, revealed the news on Twitter, writing: ‘£40,000 worth of damage on our coach thinking it was the Boro coach.
Shortly after sending his tweet, Waters switched his account to private.
An Eagles spokesman told The Sun: ‘The team bus was covered in graffiti with the words ‘Crystal Palace’ overnight on Friday ahead of the game on Saturday. Police have been informed.’
Palace’s victory moved them out of the relegation zone and level on points with Boro, while dropping reigning champions Leicester into the bottom three.
Their next scheduled away trip, for which they would have intended to use their newly-decorated bus, is a visit to West Brom on Saturday.
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