Bernard's not a hoot

Angry footy fans axe Manning gig

Sheffield Wednesday has scrapped a gig by Bernard Manning after a barrage of complaints from disgusted fans.

The club, nicknamed the Owls, pulled details of the event from after members of the club's anti-racism group protested about the comic's offensive material.

Barry Birks, chairman of the supporters' association, said: "This is a massive own goal. However the club should be given some credit for realising the seriousness of the error and promptly cancelling the event."

Fan Jason Williams told the Sheffield Star: "I find the booking of Mr Manning both naive and offensive. Are the people organising this event determined to drag the name of Sheffield Wednesday through the mud."

And fellow fan Tim Cashman added: "I am shocked and disgusted that the club have deemed it appropriate to book a comedian who is well known for his offensive style.

"At best, this is ill-guided. At worst, it is a disgraceful decision and one which has made me feel ashamed to be connected with Wednesday."

Club spokesman Steve Chu said: "The events team were in the early stages of planning an evening with Bernard Manning, but we cancelled it after getting negative feedback from supporters."

Published: 25 Mar 2004

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