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Sheffield Wednesday chairman congratulates arch rivals in surprise statement

Sheffield Wednesday has congratulated arch rival Sheffield United on their promotion to the Premier League.

Dejphon Chansiri Credit: Press Association

In a surprise move, the chairman of the club, Dejphon Chansiri, issued a statement on the Owls website which said: " I would like to offer the warm congratulations of everyone at Sheffield Wednesday to everyone at our neighbours Sheffield United for their achievement of promotion.

We may be rivals but we are friends of the same city that holds such unique tradition in the football world.

Recognition in the Premier League can only benefit Sheffield and we wish United well, whilst promising our loyal supporters that we will be giving our absolute best to ensure Wednesday will be tasting the same success this time next year."

Sheffield United fans show support during game Credit: Press Association

Sheffield United secured an automatic promotion spot over the weekend as they beat Ipswich Town 2-0 and Leeds United drew with Aston Villa in a hugely controversial game at Elland Road.

He added: "We must also congratulate Norwich City on their promotion and offer our commiserations to Ipswich Town, Bolton Wanderers and Rotherham United. We wish you a speedy return to the Championship."