Sheffield Wednesday: I'd like to punch 'disrespectful' Sam Winnall's face in, claims ex-Millers star Tom Pope in bizarre Twitter rant

Tom Pope, centre
Tom Pope, centre
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Tom Pope, the Bury striker and ex-Rotherham United man, caused a storm amongst Sheffield Wednesday fans tonight after a series of bizarre comments about Owls striker Sam Winnall.

Pope, who played over 50 times for the Millers during his time in South Yorkshire, criticised Winnall after his enthusiastic celebration after netting against his former club, Barnsley, yesterday afternoon.

And, in a series of tweets, Pope suggested he wants to punch Winnall, would "KO him in five seconds" and called replying Owls fans "delusional", adding: "I don't need to be relevant to know Sheffield Wednesday aren't a big club to anyone who isn't a Sheffield Wednesday fan."

Pope, who once celebrated after netting against his former club Rotherham, was accused of hypocrisy - amongst other things - by Owls fans, but responded: "Like I've already stated I wasn't liked at Rotherham! Jesus have the clocks just gone back in Sheffield?

"[They] didn't appreciate my partnership with Adam Le Fondre, didn't support me in Andy Scott's dismal treatment of me, and much more."

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Winnall was targeted with online abuse after making the switch to Wednesday from Barnsley in January. A Peppa Pig toy was thrown in his direction from the crowd on Saturday, as the derby finished 1-1 - with Angus MacDonald scoring a last-minute equaliser for the hosts at Oakwell.

Sam Winnall celebrates in front of the Barnsley fans

Sam Winnall celebrates in front of the Barnsley fans