Chansiri condemns Wednesday fans abuse towards son

Sheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri
Thai businessman Dejphon Chansiri has owned Sheffield Wednesday since March 2015

Sheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri has condemned alleged abuse from supporters towards his 12-year-old son about his running of the club.

Chansiri claimed during a two-and-a-quarter hour media briefing on Thursday that “his kid” had received messages on Instagram from fans criticising him.

Championship side Wednesday are without a manager following the sacking of Tony Pulis after just 10 games in charge.

They are third from bottom, three points from safety, in the table.

“When I sacked Tony, many fans went to my kid again, which I’m very disappointed about,” Chansiri said.

“I remind them, don’t do this again. If you want to do that, come to me. If you ask my kid to tell me to leave, it’s fine.

“But someone still says bad words to him.

“I want to tell all those people, some people who don’t show their faces or names, if I do the same thing to your kids, how are you going to feel?

“I always respect the fans, but once again, some have crossed a line. If people go to him again, I will report them to the police.”

Thai businessman Chansiri has endured a turbulent time since he acquired complete control of the club from previous owner Milan Mandaric in early 2015.

Wednesday began the 2020-21 season with a 12-point deduction for breaching English Football League Financial Fair Play regulations, which was halved on appeal in November.

The deduction centred around the sale and purchase of Hillsborough to Chansiri for £60m, which was included in the previous 2017-18 season accounts allowing them to post a £2.5m pre-tax profit.

Players also failed to receive their November wages on time, something Chansiri said has now been settled after the Professional Footballers’ Association wrote to him seeking clarity.

The move could potentially fend off the club being placed under a transfer embargo in January.

The Owls are looking for their third manager of the season following the sackings of Garry Monk in November and Pulis on Monday.

“If supporters don’t like me, they don’t need to get me involved,” Chansiri told BBC Sport.

“Even when we do something good as a club, they still find something negative to say.

“It’s normal in business, you can go up and down, especially in football. But if you’re going to blame me about something, it’s got to be specific.

“I feel sorry to myself to have lost a lot of money, but I believe I owe it to the fans to say the truth.

“Sometimes fans don’t want to hear what I have to say, they want to hear what they want to say.”


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