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Allen Defends Legal Action

Wednesday chairman Dave Allen has defended his decision to take 13 Owls fans to court by insisting their actions are trying to 'damage' and 'destabilise' the club.

The club issued legal proceedings against the 13 after they allegedly posted libellous and defamatory comments about Allen and his fellow board members on a Wednesday message board.

But in an interview with the Sheffield Star, Allen is standing firm over his decision to go to court, and insists he doesn't regret using the terms 'scum' and 'cretin' to describe some of the Owls' faithful.

'Calling the 13 people I have issues with 'fans' is doing a disservice to 22,000 Hillsborough fans,' he told the Sheffield Star.

'The people in question aren't fans, they're people that want to hide behind the anonymity of the Internet to make libellous and defamatory comments about myself and other members of the board and damage SWFC.

'I wouldn't tolerate this behaviour in my personal businesses, I won't let it happen at SWFC. The matter is in the hands of my lawyers who will expose the people that are trying to destabilise the club with their actions.'

The Owls supremo is facing a charge from the Football Association after his infamous press conference which launched a scathing attack on some of the Owls fans, calling them 'scum' and 'cretins'.

And Allen insists he stands by the comments he made - which have split the Wednesday fans down the middle - as he looks forward to a meeting with the FA to face the charge.

'Having people swear and hurl abuse at you is awful enough, when you're out with your grandkids it's unforgivable,' he continued.

'I referred to this tiny minority of people as 'scum' and 'cretins'. It wasn't me using the foul and abusive language. I stand by these comments and look forward to speaking to the FA in due course.'

And Allen continued to press for a way forward with new investment - insisting that the Owls will have a bright future should Wednesdayite hand over their shareholding back to the board.

He added: 'I've always said that SWFC need a Roman Abramovich-style investor to ensure its future.

'Unfortunately these people are never going to invest in something they've not got majority control over - they won't give it the time of day. They need 51% of the shares or more.

'...If we get the shares, SWFC has a bright future - it's as simple as that.'

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Date:Friday September 28 2007
Time: 12:11PM

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'...If we get the shares, SWFC has a bright future - it's as simple as that.'....if only...
28/09/2007 12:50:00
nothing is ever simple at hillsboro!
28/09/2007 12:58:00
not a chance.. more chance of platting fog
28/09/2007 13:03:00
Trying to justify a club taking it's own fans to court... inexplicable in my opinion...
28/09/2007 17:03:00
how can you take your fans to court, what a joker
28/09/2007 18:06:00
aint it about time we got a new poll by the way?????????????
28/09/2007 22:14:00
Put football to one side, if someone attacked you in a way that made you look over your shoulder when you steppd out your house, how would you react? I think alot of people are jumping to conclusions and are too thick to broaden there own thoughts.
29/09/2007 00:43:00
I wouldnt sue them thats for sure Bigash!! What about the legal costs involved, wont this 'damage' and 'destabilise' the club??
29/09/2007 10:29:00
I just wish all this rubbish would come to an end so we can concentrate on the football, as that is what Sheffield Wednesday is.... a football club. Lets just get behind the boys who don the shirts week in week out. While I'm on the subject can I just say that unfortunatley due to the nature of my job I don't get the opportunity to get to games much these days but when I do there seems to be a lot of booing and geeing, whats the point in that then? Don't get me wrong I get frustrated with the team as much as anyone else but booing isn't going to help the situation. Get behind the boys through this tough period and help them push for better football. Rant over......
29/09/2007 14:18:00
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