Dave Jones wants to end the recent exchange of words between Wednesday and Leeds after Friday night’s derby clash which saw Chris Kirkland assaulted on the pitch by a fan and rival supporters accused of unacceptable chanting.
In a statement, Jones said: “I have no desire to become embroiled in a tit-for-tat war of words on this subject and would now like to draw a line beneath it and concentrate on the job I am paid to do, which is managing Sheffield Wednesday.”
The Owls manager called Leeds fans “vile animals” after the game but Leeds chairman Ken Bates believes Jones should have criticised our supporters for chanting about the murder of two Leeds fans in Istanbul 12 years ago.
Jones added in his statement: “While I have nothing but the highest regard for Ken and his considerable contribution to football over many decades, I feel compelled to issue a response to his comments published in the local media today.
“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 is no place in football or society for vile chants of any nature and I endorse that view completely.”