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'Cowardly fans hurt my family.

Byline: By Wales on Sunday

Dave jones last night unleashed a verbal volley at the 'cowardly' Leeds United fans at Ninian Park for the malicious abuse he suffered during yesterday's game.

Jones admitted he retaliated to the torrent of taunts from the 600-strong travelling fans with a hand gesture suggesting the Championship's bottom club are going down.

Leeds yobs chanted hateful songs at Jones regarding unsubstantiated claims made against Jones seven years ago.

A judge threw allegations of child abuse out of court in the first week, recording a not guilty verdict and insisting the case should have never reached the trial stage.

Jones was disappointed at the Leeds supporters' action, especially with his family were in the stands.

Jones said: 'That happened a long, long time ago and I can't help it that Leeds fans still live in the past.

'If they think that has upset me they are absolute fools because it hasn't. I've got my wife and children in the stands and will it hurt them? Yes, of course it will. Do those people know anything about the case? No.

'I'll tell them to go to the court as the notes are still there. Go and see what happened and I wonder how they'd feel if it was done to them when their family are in the stand.

'If they want to see me and ask me about it, they shouldn't be cowards because that's what they are. They're probably all from the same family. I can't do anything about it.

'I reacted because it is part and parcel of football. All I said is where they are going. Can I react? Of course I can because it's banter. They want to take a long, hard look at themselves.

'I haven't heard those chants for a long time and it's a sad indictment of society. They should be getting behind their team because of where they are in the league.

'For them behind the goal, I don't give two hoots about them because they know nothing.

'It's sad because I'm talking about referees and nuggets behind the goal rather than talking about how well my lads played.'
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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 18, 2007
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