Dave Jones calls for Leeds fans to be banned from every away ground following attack on Chris Kirkland

Jones blasts 'animals'

Dave Jones: Described Leeds fans as "vile animals"

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Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones has called for Leeds fans to be banned from every away ground after the disgraceful assault on Chris Kirkland at Hillsborough.

Kirkland was struck in the face by a visiting fan seconds after Michael Tonge's 75th-minute equaliser, although he was able to play on following treatment.

Jones was understandable infuriated not just by that incident, but by a series of offensive chants he claimed emanated from the Leeds section of supporters throughout the game.

"They are vile animals. You talk about racism in the game, but what about the chanting and everything else? It's a form of racism in itself, but then, to go and wave at them? No, not in my book."

Dave Jones

An emotional Owls boss also hit out at Leeds boss Neil Warnock and his players for saluting their fans at the end of the highly-charged 1-1 draw.

He said: "They are vile animals. You talk about racism in the game, but what about the chanting and everything else? It's a form of racism in itself, but then, to go and wave at them? No, not in my book.

"I've had a go at Neil Warnock, I know they are their fans, but you don't go and wave at them after they've done that. It's an absolute disgrace, I thought that had gone out of the game. The authorities had better look at it, and they had better sort it. Otherwise, they will keep doing it.

"And I'm talking about an incident instead of the football, and that's why it was so crazy because it was a great game. High intensity, a few chances, two good goals, and instead we're talking about vile animals, and that's what they are - all of them."

When asked about Kirkland's condition, Jones added: "Chris is sore, and if he had stayed down I wonder what would have happened. I've got an ill goalkeeper on, and if I'd put on three subs, and he's out, what happens then?"

And on the alleged offensive chanting, he said: "I've had it for 12 years, and it's just upsetting that they're allowed to do it.

I think they should be banned from every away ground now. Unfortunately, one idiot has run onto the pitch and punched my goalkeeper, and they need to sort it quickly."