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Football is a beautiful game. In fact, it is the beautiful game.
However, football fans do not always shower themselves in glory. Ordinarily, violence is the scourge of the game, but it seems the veneration of paedophiles can also cause controversy. Seriously.
Footage has emerged of a Leeds fan dressed as Jimmy Savile being held aloft while fellow supporters cheer 'He's one of our own, he's one of our own, Jimmy Savile, he's one of our own'.
The video was recorded in the away concourse at Ewood Park, where Leeds lost to Blackburn Rovers 2-1 on 20 October.
Deceased presenter and DJ, Savile, was posthumously uncovered as a prolific sex offender and paedophile, suspected of abusing hundreds of victims.
The former Top of the Pops and Jim'll Fix It host is from Leeds and supporters of other clubs have been known to reference this when playing against the West Yorkshire club, who are currently second in the Championship.
The video of fans cheering the man in costume has been widely criticised on Twitter.
One person said: "I've been a Leeds supporter all my life but if Jimmy Savile is 'one of our own', then I no longer want to be."
Another said: They need to consider the hundreds, including 28 children under 10 years old, whose lives were ruined by that bastard."
Another said: "I don't know what's worse. The guy dressed as a prolific paedophile or the people singing and filming themselves singing support of a Paedo. #OddBunch"
However, others defended the video, claiming it was 'ironic' humour in response to Savile-based heckles from opposition supporters.
One person said: "I bet you any money your fans will be singing it against us in a few weeks time. We get it every game from the opposition. The Leeds fans are just being ironic. Poor taste mind but when you hear it every week from the opposition supporters you become used to it."
Another said: "Bad taste yes...but that's all it is! It's self-deprecating humour."
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