SHEFFIELD Wednesday manager Dave Jones and fans’ chief Nigel Short are calling on Owls supporters to set their standards high after minority were involved in chants baiting Leeds’ fans last Friday about the murders of two of their supporters in Istanbul 12 years ago.
Jones was the subject of taunts from the away end throughout the 90 minutes and said the perpetrators were ‘vile animals’. Yesterday he added that had he heard Wednesday fans chanting about the deaths of Christopher Loftus and Kevin Speight he would have reacted the same.
He said: “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’s no place in football or society for vile chants of any nature and I endorse that view completely.”
And chairman of supporters society Wednesdayite, Nigel Short, told The Star that Owls fans have a duty not to tarnish the good name of the club.
He said: “I think there’s a collective responsibility for Wednesday fans to not behave in that way or chant things that can be seen as inciting the opposition. It has given Leeds United supporters the chance to be holier than thou after the event because they’re saying they were reacting to the chants about Turkey.
“Our fans don’t have to sink to the level of others even if they believe they are reacting to the obscene chants of others.”
Meanwhile, Wednesday have announced that director Mark Johnson has stepped down from his position at the club.