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Leeds fan at Newport taunts Stuart McCall: ‘Fan shouting burn Bradford burn was vilest thing I’ve heard’

Leeds fan at Newport taunts Stuart McCall, who has revealed that, ‘the fan shouting burn Bradford burn was vilest thing I’ve heard.’

Footage has been uploaded to YouTube showing the incident from Saturday’s League Two clash, the Bantams boss could be seen reacting to a supporter waving a Leeds flag behind the dug-out.

Leeds fan at Newport taunts Stuart McCall, singing "burn Bradford burn"…

Posted by Football Fans on Monday, 24 February 2020

 

As reported by Telegraph and Argus, chants were made about the chip van, which Leeds fans set alight at Odsal in 1986, which took place a year after the Valley Parade tragedy, which saw 56 people die.

The Bradford boss said: “There was just one sick individual and he wasn’t young.

“He shouted, ‘burn Bradford burn’ and that’s when I just flipped and told him to come and say that to me outside.

“It was those three words that got me.

“He was waving a Leeds flag but that didn’t bother me. He just kept going, ‘Leeds, Leeds’, which had no relevance to anything.

“I was just ignoring it and hoping he would go away. But then when I did turn round and he shouted, ‘burn Bradford burn’, that’s when I couldn’t hold back.

“That split-second was probably the nearest time in my head that I’ve ever got into getting involved. Again, a few seconds later he had thankfully disappeared.

“It didn’t matter whether he was singing about Leeds or whatever he wanted. It’s water off a duck’s back.

“But hearing him shout like that about the fire was probably the sickest thing I’ve heard at a game.”

Newport are understood to be looking into the situation and boss Michael Flynn told McCall he hopes the club will ban the supporter involved.

Others can be heard singing about the chip van, though McCall added: “They were only young lads who weren’t born when it happened and probably knew nothing about it.

“I quite enjoy a little bit of banter with the opposition fans, wherever I’ve been.

“It’s part and parcel of the game and I don’t mind. But there’s obviously a line.

“That’s probably the first time I can recall anyone singing about the chip van.

“I was conscious of this big bellowing voice shouting ‘Leeds’ and ‘chip van’. But we’d just gone 2-1 down at the time and I was focused on the game.

“Then it all went quiet and I turned round, that’s when he said, ‘burn Bradford burn’ and I flipped a little bit. It was those three words from one sick individual.”

McCall’s father Andy was burned during the 1985 disaster, and told Flynn about the incident afterwards and he was disgusted to hear about it.

McCall said: “I didn’t want to make an issue about it after the game. But Flynny was raging and said he would see if they could get him banned.

“It was just one bloke. The chip van fire didn’t cause any lives, it was a bit of vandalism, but it was him shouting ‘burn Bradford burn’ relating to the disaster.

“I don’t mind supporters calling me what they want. But that’s probably the vilest thing I’ve had thrown at me.”

Fans gave their reaction as the Leeds fan at Newport taunts Stuart McCall as can be seen in the video…

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