The idiot who ran onto the pitch and punched Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland might have inadvertently done Leeds a favour. The attack was the main talking point after Friday night’s Championship clash between the Yorkshire rivals.
Had the assault not taken place, a bit more attention might have been given to Leeds fans glorifying paedophile Jimmy Savile. The late TV presenter has been disgraced by scores of allegations of predatory sex attacks. But that didn’t stop Leeds supporters chanting about one of their city’s most famous sons.
Owls boss Dave Jones was not impressed.
He told the Sun on Sunday: “The Jimmy Savile chants told me this wasn’t about one fan; the ripped up seats, the hoardings being pulled up, bottles thrown on the pitch, police and stewards being pushed and shoved. All this told me it wasn’t about one bad fan.
“I apologise if I’m tarring all good Leeds fans — but I ask them to imagine what they would do if they were in my shoes? What would they do, if they had their daughter, their son, their two young grandchildren — 11 and 8, crying for Christ sake — listening to all the vile chants coming from the crowd?
“Those chants weren’t coming from just one bad fan. They were chanting about Jimmy Savile as if he’s some kind of hero.”