Date: 28th September 2007 at 12:12pm
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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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