Saturday, October 20, 2012

Hooligans Attack Another Goalie During Play (UPDATED with ID)

((HT: SkySports/youtube))

We now have another bout of outright, classless hooliganism from Friday night...

Sheffield Wednesday goalie Chris Kirkland was attacked by a Leeds United fan who came onto the pitch after a goal that had tied the game 1-1 in the 77th minute.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones called for Leeds fans to be banned from "every away ground."

It was the top of all the shenanigans that came out of Leeds supporter's mouths as they sang about Leeds fans that had been killed 12 years ago and even sang about Jones and his criminal charges from years past.

Here's the short version of the incident...

Leeds boss Neil Warnock told Sky:

"I felt embarrassed to be a manager when I saw that," Warnock told Sky Sports 1. "I thought it was an absolute disgrace. I think they should get the guy and prosecute him and put him in prison. (Kirkland) went down like a ton of bricks, but that doesn't make a difference. Nobody should be on the pitch doing that.

"I hope we can make an absolute issue of it. He spoiled everything for everyone. I've not enjoyed that when I see a moron like that. I am not proud of being Leeds manager when I see that. I don't mind the rivalry between us -- there was a great atmosphere. To see things like that on the field of play, there is no place for it -- I am absolutely embarrassed."

Warnock called for the assailant to be brought up on charges. Leeds came out with a statement saying that the publicly apologize for the actions of their fans and will cooperate fully with police.

SATURDAY AM UPDATE: South Yorkshire Police have ID'ed the attacker of Kirkland, but are not announcing his name at present.

Senior investigating officer, Detective Inspector Mark Monteiro, told the local press: "With the public's assistance we have clearly identified the offender who ran on to the pitch during last night's game between Sheffield Wednesday FC and Leeds United FC and who is suspected of assaulting the Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper.

"We are dealing with the complaint made by the player and we are currently taking statements, collating evidence and making inquiries to locate and arrest the offender."

It seems that a lot of social networking led to the divulging of the identity- and that included a possible phone number to call the guy (and call the guy out).

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