The Thai businessman who owns the struggling English football team Sheffield Wednesday FC has had it with the “insults” aimed at him and his family and has decided to pull his financial support.
Dejphon Chansiri released a statement on the club’s website expressing his displeasure with the disrespect he and his family have experienced from some fans. “From now on, I will not be contributing any more funds to the organisation,” he declared.
After Friday’s 3-0 loss to Sunderland, the Owls remain in last place in the Championship, the second division of English football.
The club gained promotion from League One in a playoff final at Wembley in May, but under new manager Xisco Munoz from Spain, they have only won two of their first nine games.
Mr. Dejphon, whose family owns the largest tuna processor in the world, Thai Union Plc, led a team that purchased Sheffield Wednesday in 2015 for £37.5 million.
‘I am the one who saved the club and spent the money for the club, I am the one who needs to pay roughly £2 million on average per month,’ he claimed.
I am the caretaker, not the owner, as some of the fans like to believe. They claim to have been born and raised in the area. Even if I wasn’t born here and probably won’t die here, I promise that I will always give my all for Wednesday.
Mr Dejphon stated that he believed some of the criticism thrown at him and his family had “crossed the line,” despite the fact that he recognises the club has difficulties and that he may be responsible for some of them.
‘Fans can complain, criticise, express strong opinions, balanced opinions, say anything you like,’ he remarked.
But no one has the right to try to inflict damage, throw insults, or go to my family, as has happened again, and it is something I will not tolerate.
Mr. Dejphon has stated that while the club is not officially for sale, he would consider reasonable bids.
“I know there are people who wish for me to leave,” he admitted.
Because I have never really considered selling, I have never discussed my value of Sheffield Wednesday or the price I would be willing to accept.
Come forward, and we can chat if I’m convinced the club will do better under your leadership.
About Sheffield Wednesday FC
The Sheffield Wednesday FC plays its home games at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. Established in 1867, the club is among the world’s oldest football teams. The blue and white stripes on Sheffield Wednesday’s home jersey have made the club famous, and the team’s nickname is “The Owls.”
Some essential facts and details regarding Sheffield Wednesday are as follows.
Sheffield Wednesday has a long and illustrious history in English football, playing for the most of its existence in the Premier League and the previous First Division (now the Championship). Over the years, the club has amassed a number of domestic and regional championships.
Hillsborough Stadium has been the team’s home since its opening in 1899. Hillsborough is one of England’s most famous football stadiums, and it can fit over 39,000 fans.
Sheffield United (in what is known as the Steel City Derby) and Barnsley are two of Sheffield Wednesday’s fiercest rivals. The matches between these two sides are some of the most anticipated and heated in all of English football.
The history of Sheffield Wednesday is replete with victories. In the 1928–29 season, the team won their fourth English First Division (now Premier League) championship. Additionally, the team has won the FA Cup three times, most recently in the 1935–36 season.
Relegations and financial difficulties have been among the difficulties Sheffield Wednesday has experienced in recent years. The club has struggled to restore stability and competitiveness, dropping from the Championship to League One (the third tier of English football).
Sheffield Wednesday’s fans is well-known for its fervour and allegiance to the club. The song “Hi Ho Sheffield Wednesday” is a popular anthem among the club’s supporters.
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