It seems I may have jumped in too early when responding to the events at Hillsborough last night. I only saw limited coverage on the television and did not understand the full background to events.
If reports now appearing on the net are true, we are not talking about the actions of one moron as I thought. Time and again, I have been subjected to foul "paedo" jibes on here from idiots who think that child abuse is a joking matter, and it seems the same barbs were being directed at Dave Jones last night, whilst some idiotic Leeds fans were actively associating the club with Jimmy Savile and chanting support for a man who, although not proved guilty, certainly does not have the whiff of innocence about him.
In addition, seats were apparently torn up and hurled onto the pitch whilst Kirkland was being treated.
Now again, I would not use any of this to condemn the club. After the infamous League Cup game with Millwall, I called upon West Ham to resign our place from the competition. That seemed the only way of truly showing the club's disgust at the appalling behaviour of a sizable section of the crowd. Leeds cannot resign from the Championship - that would be an absurd suggestion - and any call for a points deduction should be resisted in my opinion.
However, the comments and actions of Neil Warnock after the game do need investigation and should, in my opinion, trigger action if the reports are true. Old Big Gob doesn't seem to get it. Speaking about Dave Jones' reaction, he sounds like a five year old when he says, "he doesn't seem to have heard the things the Wednesday fans were singing about me".
Who cares? That does not excuse the abuse directed at Dave Jones does it? NOTHING excuses false charges of paedophilia against a father and husband and Jones is right, in my opinion, to call the morons chanting this "vile animals". In fact, the game should have been stopped and the Leeds section of the ground cleared in response, especially in the light of the Savile revelations because statistically, there is a strong probability that somebody in the stadium would have suffered abuse. Should a victim of such a foul crime be exposed to mocking chants, turning a hideous personal trauma into playground teasing? I don't think so. Just as racist chants are unacceptable, so this sort of abuse should be absolutely anathema.
Then there is the problem with Warnock clapping the away fans and talking about the action of one moron. It was that one moron who chanted the foul abuse at Jones was it? It was one foul moron who sang support for Jimmy Savile was it? It was one foul moron who regenerated several times in the space of a couple of minutes and invaded the pitch was it? It was one foul moron who cheered himself and hid himself after the assault on Kirkland was it? And it was one foul moron who tore up the seats and hurled them onto the pitch was it?
This is not to say Wednesday fans are blameless. Their taunts about the death of Leeds fans in Turkey were equally disgraceful. But when is the game going to get a grip of this? There were children in the stadium witnessing this disgraceful behaviour of adults. What about our duty of care to them?
Forget individual action against Leeds, it is not the club's fault. But I would like to see action taken on foul abuse by sections of the crowd. If heard, that section of the ground should be cleared before the game proceeds. And until it is cleared, the players should leave the pitch, with a punishment of a 10 point deduction if there is any delay in the fans leaving the stadium. Only then will we end this terrible blight on the game.
And Warnock should also be brought to book for applauding the crowd after the game. That was stupid, reckless and irresponsible. He should have been unequivocal in condemning the chants about Jones, the support for Savile, the assault, the chair throwing and the protection afforded to the thug by other sections of the crowd.
Another big question now is how GFH /GFC will react to this night of shame. What sort of bank would want to be associated with those scenes and with a manager who seeks to make excuses rather than offering an outright condemnation?