SHEFFIELD Wednesday manager Dave Jones wants to draw a line under the crowd trouble which marred their 1-1 draw with Leeds United on Friday night, writes Dom Howson.
Jones says he has “no desire to become embroiled in a tit-for-tat war of words” with their Yorkshire rivals after the derby was overshadowed by a Whites fan who invaded the pitch and attacked Owls goalkeeper Chris Kirkland.
The Owls chief branded Leeds fans “as vile animals” and called for them to be banned from away grounds afterwards but Leeds chairman Ken Bates believes Jones should have criticised his own supporters for chanting about the murder of two Leeds fans in Istanbul 12 years ago.
In a statement, Jones said: “While I have nothing but the highest regard for Ken and his considerable contribution to football over many decades, I feel compelled to issue a response to his comments published in the local media today.
“I must make it clear that had I heard Sheffield Wednesday supporters chanting anything of an offensive or abusive nature on Friday evening, I would have rightly and roundly condemned them.
“There is no place in football or society for vile chants of any nature and I endorse that view completely.
“But the abuse aimed at me on Friday was personal. It was also wrong, it was offensive and not the first time I have endured such abuse from Leeds United supporters. Why make it personal? Why were the chants aimed at me?
“I cannot emphasise strongly enough that I condemn any abuse of any kind from any supporter and I would stress that the vast majority of fans at every club in the country are decent and law-abiding.
“I have no desire to become embroiled in a tit-for-tat war of words on this subject and would now like to draw a line beneath it and concentrate on the job I am paid to do, which is managing Sheffield Wednesday.”