Sheffield Wednesday would like to express our extreme disappointment following the statement issued by Sheffield City Council on Wednesday afternoon.
The fixture against Luton Town on Tuesday evening was meticulously planned with the club having fully engaged with South Yorkshire Police, the council and the local Safety Advisory Group.
The plans in place were executed to the letter with no incident of note reported and the club were not contacted by any of the above parties following a successful security operation.
We were therefore surprised to discover the council had issued a thoroughly misleading statement, without prior knowledge of the club, based merely on information garnered from social media.
Further, we were taken aback by the council's decision to comment in such terms at all given there are legal proceedings pending before the Magistrates Court and their own Licensing Sub Committee.
The club can re-iterate that supporter safety is an absolute priority at all times and we will continue to work hand in hand with the relevant authorities to maintain this ethos.