Jones urges the majority of fans to stand up to thugs

 

The Sheffield Wednesday manager, Dave Jones, has called on fans to "police their own" in the wake of goalkeeper Chris Kirkland being attacked by a Leeds fan during Friday night's Yorkshire derby at Hillsborough.

Jones also criticised his Leeds United counterpart, Neil Warnock, for believing he was upset at being held to a 1-1 draw rather than the incident. Kirkland was shoved to the ground by a supporter after Michael Tonge's 76th-minute equaliser for Leeds. The Football Association confirmed it is investigating the incident.

Jones, who was also the subject of vicious chanting from some Leeds fans, blasted the visiting supporters for their treatment of the culprit.

"He was a hero," he said. "He ran in the crowd, they were slapping him on the back, so what do you do about that? It's not one person. In this country we seem to end up going with the minority all the time and it's going to take the majority to sort it out and you've got to police your own clubs.

"Neil said I was upset because I didn't win but Neil must be deaf and blind because there wasn't just one person chanting the vile chants they were chanting. It took away from what was a really, really good game."

Warnock believes the law should make a stand. "Every club has got these fans and for me it's got to start at the very top now," he said. "We know the lad who assaulted him and he's got to go through the courts and they've got to make it detrimental. It's all right saying, 'Go in and get them out', but it's frightening for stewards."

Police were last night questioning Aaron Cawley, 21, from Cheltenham about the incident.

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