Police have confirmed that an attack on the motorway following Aston Villa’s victory at Burnley on Sunday damaged the team bus.
As the Villa team started their journey home from Turf Moor, someone threw a brick at the windscreen from a footbridge on the M65 in Lancashire.
While nobody sustained injuries, Lancashire Police are currently investigating the matter, and Burnley has expressed their “saddened and dismayed” reaction to the incident.
Melita Worswick of Lancashire Police said: “This incident occurred when a great deal of traffic was leaving the area following the football match between Burnley and Aston Villa.
“It’s purely a stroke of luck that the brick didn’t inflict greater damage or lead to a severe injury or even a fatality,”
“We cannot say at this point whether this was a targeted attack but enquiries are ongoing and this will form part of our investigation.
“We are now resolute in our efforts to identify the individual or individuals responsible and urge anyone with information to come forward.”
The incident compounds Burnley’s embarrassment, as an earlier incident in the season opener at Turf Moor this month involved a crowd member throwing an object that hit Manchester City’s Rico Lewis.
Furthermore, a pitch invader briefly interrupted the game during that match.
The club’s statement declares: “Burnley Football Club has discovered an attack on the Aston Villa team bus at junction 10 of the M65 after today’s match.
“Having spoken with Villa we are relieved to hear nobody was hurt in the incident. We strongly condemn this behaviour and will support Lancashire Police in their efforts to find whoever was responsible.”