In a case of mistaken identity, Crystal Palace football hooligans have defaced their own team bus, believing it belonged to Premier League rivals Middlesbrough.
The black bus was parked at a hotel nearby Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park stadium.
It was spray-painted in the red and blue team colours with the words “Crystal Palace FC” across the sides and rear just hours before Palace beat Middlesbrough 1-0 in a result to slightly ease their relegation fears.
The Crystal Palace team had to use a replacement bus to take them to their own ground for the match.
It was a costly mistake and one which police are investigating, a Crystal Palace spokesman confirmed.
“£40,000 worth of damage on our coach thinking it was the Boro coach. Nice one! #cpfc,” Crystal Palace’s assistant head groundsman, Dean Waters tweeted, before removing it from the public domain.
But others were tweeting out photos of the resulting damage.
Palace fans vandalise what they think is the boro coach. But boro flew down and borrowed one of the palace coaches causing £40k of damage 😅😅 pic.twitter.com/SsXn6F6KoR
— Rich Cook (@Rickyc1234) February 26, 2017