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"…
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…
Absolutely disgraceful. I’m sure with Flynn’s connection to #bcafc this will be dealt with appropriately.
— Jon Maher (@jonmaher) February 24, 2020
Thickest of the thick.
— Wilsation ?? ඇලෙක්ස් (@citizen_alx) February 24, 2020
The gormless steward just stood there doing nothing didn’t help the situation either
— Thomas Stirk (@TomStirk1992) February 24, 2020
Disgraceful ban the fan and sack the steward .
— Dan horsfall (@DaHorsfall) February 24, 2020
Disgusting scum, a ban from Newport wont make a difference to it, it sounds like its only gone to that match to get a reaction, the vile sick ****.
— Steve (@Weemacbantam) February 24, 2020
I met a few Newport fans before the game and they were genuinely friendly. I also recall City fans raised funds for 'crisis club County' at VP in 1977 and 1988 in a spirit of goodwill. However the moron in the video has self-certified himself with his flag and that says it all.
— johndewhirst (@jpdewhirst) February 23, 2020
Don't know what's worse the bellend with the flag or the bellend in high vis pretending to be a steward not looking bothered
— Ry. (@RyMcCluskey_) February 23, 2020
Set of wankers
— BCAFC ARMY (@BradfordCityFC2) February 23, 2020
It's bizarre what some people consider the be an entertaining way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
— Michael Leadbeater (@mcleadbeater) February 23, 2020
Pretty disgusting this. Hope Newport County do something about it. Can't imagine Flynn as a former city player will be pleased either.
— Andrew George newsom (@Andrewjj1964) February 23, 2020
That is awful!
— Lee (@leepasq12) February 23, 2020
What kind of football fan takes a different team’s flag to a game? ? Embarrassing. Not to mention the chant as well. Below the belt that.
— Paul ? (@PaulFixter) February 23, 2020
Disgusting behaviour ban the supporter for life. Shame Stuart didn't flatten him outside the ground. That steward needs sacking too.
— Phil BCAFC (@PhilBradbury87) February 24, 2020
Still can’t believe the Newport fans, let alone the stewards, let a bloke wave a Leeds flag, chant about Leeds and the fire in the home end and just sat / stood doing nothing. And the bloke quiet clearly not a child either. https://t.co/MplrnrQL64 #bcafc
— Keith Wildman (@KeithWildman) February 24, 2020
That was the day Stuart stopped being a Leeds fan ! #bcafc
— Silver-Bantam (@BantamSilver) February 23, 2020
That day at Odsal was shocking. Despite the rivalry how they could set that chip van on fire just months after the fire at VP was unbelievable. I clearly remember some City fans near me in shock!
— Dave Allan ????????? (@Dave1Allan) February 24, 2020
Vile chant. Bloody sheep shaggers
— Chris Holden (@chrisholden10) February 23, 2020
Yesterday felt like an away tie at an 8th tier non league club. Shitty little ground with weird excited fans. Granted we were dogshit but Newport County are tinpot to fuck, fuck me…?
— Lofty (@L_O_F_T_Y) February 23, 2020
Half of these lot won’t even know what the chant relates to or means.
— JamesD (@Jdarcy91) February 24, 2020