Sheffield Wednesday identify football thugs through CCTV

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday have used CCTV footage to help identify fans responsible for trouble at recent matches.

The Hillsborough club say most of the serious trouble which occurred at the home game with Leeds - including the attack on goalkeeper Chris Kirkland - was down to the away supporters.

But they say some Owls fans were responsible for other incidents including flares thrown onto the pitch, missile throwing, obscene chanting and vandalism.

A spokesman said: “It should be emphasised that a small minority of Sheffield Wednesday fans on the North and South Stands were involved in these incidents and caused embarrassment for our club. This is the third match this season that has seen reports of Wednesday fans throwing missiles at Hillsborough and will not be allowed to continue.”

The club has worked in conjunction with the broadcast companies - together with the stadium CCTV footage and police assistance - to collate evidence which they say will lead to the identification of as many people as possible involved in these incidents.

The spokesman added: “Moving forward, the club will utilise additional cameras and instigate other measures within the stadium to specifically identify supporters that continue to throw items either onto the pitch or at other supporters or participate in unacceptable and obscene chanting. Sheffield Wednesday will issue mandatory stadium bans to those supporters identified.

“We urge all genuine supporters to assist us in this process by reporting any incidents of anti social behaviour to the Stadium Control Room, by text on 07963 138580 or by telephone on 0871 9009721.

“Anti social behaviour will not be tolerated.”