Crystal Palace fans accidentally vandalised their own team’s coach on the morning that they narrowly edged past Middlesbrough 1-0.
The incident took place on Saturday morning when the team coach was parked close to the Selhurst Park stadium, with Palace fans mistaking the Palace coach for the Middlesbrough coach, spraying ‘Crystal Palace’ on
one side in red, white and blue.
A spokesperson from Crystal Palace told ELL: “The team bus was covered in graffiti with the words ‘Crystal Palace’ overnight on Friday ahead of the game on Saturday. The Police have been informed.”
The fans have been subject to a below par performance through the season, as Palace have only managed to accumulate a mere six points from a possible 27 in their last nine Premier League matches. This has enraged the fans especially after Palace spent well over £70 million in the summer and the January transfer windows.
They brought in defensive reinforcements over the January transfer window with Patrick van Aanholt signing from Sunderland and completing a loan deal for Mamadou Sakho from Liverpool.
The victory over Middlesbrough was a rather significant one for the club and their new manager Sam Allardyce as it was the first home victory that Palace recorded under Allardyce. Having already sacked Alan Pardew this season, Allardyce’s first home victory was essential for the fans to back the new manager.