THE ugly scenes which overshadowed Sheffield Wednesday’s match with Leeds United left another South Yorkshire football manager feeling “sad and sick.”
Barnsley manager Keith Hill watched the Yorkshire derby on television as a Leeds spectator ran on to the pitch at Hillsborough last Friday and attacked Owls goalkeeper Chris Kirkland.
The supporter, who was jailed for four months yesterday, pushed the goalkeeper in the face with both hands, knocking Kirkland to the ground.
Leeds fans ripped up seats and hoardings while coins and bottles were also thrown by opposing sets of supporters. There was also a flare thrown on to the field from a section of the home faithful.
Hill said: “I felt sad and sick when I saw it.
“It took away from what I would consider to be a very good spectacle as a football match.
“I do believe the Leeds fans should have taken it into their own hands and made sure he [the fan] didn’t get back into the terracing.
“The Leeds fans should not have been applauding him, they should have been appalled by what he had done.
“They should not have been congratulating him in the way they did and tried to hide him.
“They should have been taking him back down to the police and saying ‘You were a disgrace to Leeds football club’.
“That was my only real disappointment looking at it.
“I don’t think there is too much the stewards could have done and I don’t think any blame could be laid at them.
“I would have expected any human being when they witness something like that to be saying: ‘That’s out of order, we are taking you straight to the police’ instead of protecting him.”
Hill also condemned the chants towards Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones relating to abuse accusations which he was totally exhonerated of 12 years ago.
Some Owls fans also mocked the murder of two Leeds supporters in Istanbul in 2000.
He said: “I don’t know what we do to protect players and managers as well.
“Listening to Dave, it is disappointing; he was vilified by the crowd. It (what happened) is such a shame. The fan could have quite easily come on and done serious harm to Chris.”