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Manager Dave Jones says 'vile animals should be banned'

Updated: Friday, 19 Oct 2012 22:35

Dave Jones - 'And then (for the Leeds players) to go and wave at them... not in my book'
Dave Jones - 'And then (for the Leeds players) to go and wave at them... not in my book'

Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones tonight called for Leeds fans to be banned from "every away ground" after trouble marred his side's Yorkshire derby against Neil Warnock's team at Hillsborough.

Jones' goalkeeper, Chris Kirkland, appeared to be punched by a Leeds fan who entered the field in the wake of Michael Tonge's 77th-minute equaliser, while unsavoury chanting also marred the night.

A large number of the Leeds fans housed in the Leppings Lane End sang about the child abuse charges which were dropped against Jones, while former broadcaster Jimmy Savile, now the subject of a similar police investigation, seemed to be heralded in song.

The Wednesday fans also stoked things up with songs about the two Leeds fans killed in Turkey in April 2000, with the Leeds supporters responding by throwing bottles onto the field and clashing with police.

"They are vile animals," Jones said. "You talk about racism, the chanting, that's a form of racism. And then (for the Leeds players) to go and wave at them... not in my book. You don't wave at them after that.

"I thought it had gone out of our game. The authorities have to look at it and sort it. I'm talking about an incident when we should be talking about the football. We're talking about vile animals. That's what they are. We talk about racism, but that, we need to sort that."

Leeds issued a statement after the game pledging to hunt down the man involved in the Kirkland incident.

It read: "Leeds United Football Club would like to publicly apologise and condemn the action of the fan who came on the pitch and attacked Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland. The club will fully co-operate with the police and the football authorities in identifying the individual concerned.

"After the week football has endured there is no place for this type of behaviour and the majority of Leeds supporters will be ashamed of his actions."