Aston Villa’s team bus was attacked as they travelled back to the Midlands following their victory at Burnley.
The incident took place at junction 10 on the M65 after Sunday’s match, which Villa won 3-1.
Lancashire Police confirmed that a brick was thrown at Villa’s team bus from a footbridge. No one is thought to have been injured on board.
Supt 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 is nothing but good fortune that the brick didn’t cause more damage, or result in somebody being seriously injured or even killed.
“We cannot say at this point whether this was a targeted attack but enquiries are ongoing and this will form part of our investigation.”
Burnley initially issued a statement saying they “strongly condemn this behaviour and will support Lancashire Police in their efforts to find whoever was responsible”.
Burnley Football Club is saddened and dismayed to learn about 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…
— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) August 27, 2023
Two goals from Matty Cash and another from Moussa Diaby sealed a comfortable victory for Unai Emery’s Villa at Turf Moor.
The result sees Villa move up to seventh in the table. Burnley, meanwhile, are winless from their opening two Premier League matches.
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