Sheffield Wednesday supporters will be aware that there were several serious incidents at the club’s last home game against Leeds United, and whilst most media attention focused on the attack on Chris Kirkland, there were other events that occurred including flares thrown onto the pitch, throwing of other missiles, obscene and abusive chanting and vandalism of the stadium.
While the visiting supporters were largely culpable, it should be emphasised that a small minority of Sheffield Wednesday fans on the North and South Stands were also involved in these incidents and caused embarrassment for our club.
This is the third match this season that has seen reports of Wednesday fans throwing missiles at Hillsborough and this cannot and will not be allowed to continue.
In conjunction with the broadcast companies present on the night - together with the stadium CCTV footage and police assistance - the club has collated significant evidence which will lead to the identification of as many people as possible involved in these incidents.
Moving forward, the club will utilise additional cameras and instigate other measures within the stadium to specifically identify supporters that continue to throw items either onto the pitch or at other supporters or participate in unacceptable and obscene chanting.
In addition, Sheffield Wednesday will issue mandatory stadium bans to those supporters identified and the police are committed to prosecuting those offenders to the full extent of the law.
We would urge all genuine supporters to assist us in this process by reporting any incidents of anti social behaviour to the Stadium Control Room, by text on 07963 138580 or by telephone on 0871 9009721.
Sheffield Wednesday would like to send a clear message that missile throwing and other anti social behaviour will not be tolerated and we will work extremely hard with the police to ensure Hillsborough is a family friendly stadium that we can all be rightly proud of.