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Jones sorry for Leeds blast

22 October 2012

Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones has apologised to Leeds fans for describing them all as "vile animals" after crowd trouble had marred Friday night's derby draw at Hillsborough.

Leeds fan Aaron Cawley, 21, from Cheltenham, has been jailed for 16 weeks and handed a five-year football banning order after pleading guilty to assaulting Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland when running on to the pitch to celebrate Michael Tonge's second-half equaliser.

Visiting supporters also targeted Jones, cleared of child abuse allegations in 2000, with abusive chants, while Wednesday fans sang about the two Leeds fans stabbed to death in Turkey in 2000. Riot police were called on to quell violent outbursts and both the FA and South Yorkshire Police have launched their own investigations.

"I ask them to imagine what they would do if they were in my shoes?" said Jones. "Those chants weren't coming from just one bad fan.

"I apologise for tarring all the good Leeds supporters, but everybody got carried away with one person, as if it was just one person that caused all the trouble and it wasn't. It was an accumulation - that's why I said what I said."

Jones added: "We're always looking to blame other people. The only people that can stop it are the fans themselves. Everybody wants to fine somebody. That guy that ran on was already banned. There must be people in the stadium that know he was already banned and knew who he was."


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