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Crystal Palace fans left red-faced after accidentally vandalising their own team bus

The words ‘Crystal Palace FC’ were spray painted on the bus.

CRYSTAL PALACE FANS vandalised one of their team’s buses over the weekend, mistakenly believing that it belonged to their Premier League opponents Middlesbrough.

Those responsible spray-painted the words ‘Crystal Palace FC’ on the side of the bus just hours ahead of a fixture between the relegation rivals at Selhurst Park.

It’s believed that the vandals may have become confused by the fact that the bus was parked outside a London hotel which is normally used by away teams who are playing Crystal Palace.

Palace assistant head groundsman Dean Waters initially published a tweet about the incident before changing the privacy settings on his account.

He wrote: “£40,000 worth of damage on our coach thinking it was the Boro coach. Nice one! #cpfc.”

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A spokesman for Palace told The Sun that the damage had been reported to the police.

A replacement bus was later obtained to bring the players to the game, where Crystal Palace scored a 1-0 win over Boro to bring them one point above the drop zone.

It was Sam Allardyce’s first home Premier League win as Crystal Palace manager.

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