Sunderland owner Stewart Donald has slammed his club’s fans after a video was posted showing them mocking the death of Gary Speed in a vile chant.
The clip which has been viewed nearly 300,000 times on Twitter shows a group of lads on a coach mentioning about how he died and certain other personal things in his life.
Newcastle United fan ‘Flynn’ posted: “Very classy, Sunderland. Pls rt this”.
Very classy, Sunderland. Pls rt this pic.twitter.com/pVkvlGIOU2
— flynn ? (@nufcflynn) September 22, 2019
After being asked if he was afraid of criticising the fans, Donald replied: “No I’m not – it is shocking.
“I have seen it and I absolutely gutted.
“It is unacceptable, unjustifiable, wrong, hurtful and embarrassing.
“Gary Speed’s poor family deserve support and understanding and to abuse such a tragic event is simply wrong and sick.
“I’m sorry and I’m on it.”
Gary Speed previously played for Wales, Newcastle United, Leeds United, Everton, Sheffield United and Bolton Wanderers as a midfielder and was a former Wales manager.
As a footballer, he won the League Championship with Leeds United in 1992 and was part of the Newcastle United squads that finished runners up in the 1998 and 1999 FA Cup campaigns.
He was awarded the MBE in 2010 before taking his own life in November 2011, something that shocked the nation.
After watching the video, fans took to slam the youngsters in the video mocking Gary Speed – see what they had to say by clicking on the next page.