Sheffield Wednesday vs Boro briefly held up after protest against Chansiri
Furious Sheffield Wednesday's supporters threw tennis balls onto the pitch in the 15th minute of their Championship clash against Middlesbrough in protest of owner Dejphon Chansiri. A small number of tennis balls were thrown on to the Hillsborough pitch by the home faithful, with the match stopped for around two minutes. Some Owls fans booed the protest while others called for change.
Many fans have had enough of Chansiri's colourful reign and want him to sell up. Chansiri, who took over from Milan Mandaric in 2015, has copped his fair share of criticism in recent years. The sale of Hillsborough stadium and the points deduction - the first in the club's history - that subsequently came led to the club being relegated to League One two years ago.
Wednesday secured promotion back to the second tier of English football earlier this year - the high point of Chansiri's premiership - but things have been on a downward spiral since the Thai businessman controversially parted company with manager Darren Moore back in June. Supporters have repeatedly vented their frustration on social media and radio phone-ins over the club's matchday and season ticket pricing structure. Fans have also complained about the price of replica kit.
There has been growing supporter unrest, with fans chanting ‘Dejphon Chansiri, get out of our club’ in their clash at Cardiff City last month. It was the first public display of anger from Wednesdayites at Chansiri's tenure.
The ‘Thank you Dejphon Chansiri’ banner which adorned the back of the Kop was spray painted and taken down prior to Saturday's 1-0 home defeat to Ipswich Town. Fans again chanted for Chansiri to go in the second half at Hillsborough as Wednesday crashed to a fifth defeat in six matches.