Cairney hits out at ‘classless’ abusive fans following Leeds clash

Fresh from scoring a late equaliser in Fulham’s 1-1 draw with Leeds United, Tom Cairney responded to claims on Twitter that he and his family were verbally abused by fans during the game.

It was an important match at Craven Cottage, with Fulham attempting to break into the playoff places and Leeds trying to consolidate their position in the top six.

It was the perfect start for the visitors, albeit it slightly lucky, as Tim Ream sent the ball into his own net in the fifth minute.

Fulham dominated the match, though, as they kept plenty of possession and created numerous goalscoring chances.

It looked as though the Cottagers were going to have to relinquish all three points, but Cairney stepped up in injury time to seal an equaliser.

After the game, the 26-year-old midfielder, who spent part of his youth career at Leeds, responded to a fan on Twitter who claimed to hear abusive comments about the players during the train ride home.

Cairney tweeted that a group of supporters – presumably part of the Leeds following – targeted the players’ families during the match.

As it stands, Fulham remain seventh, five points adrift of the playoff spots, while Leeds sit fourth with an eight-point advantage.