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Sheffield Wednesday boss says fans need to police themselves

Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones today spoke to the media ahead of his side's game against Blackburn Rovers tomorrow night.

4 days after the now infamous Yorkshire derby between Wednesday and Leeds United in which Owls goalkeeper Chris Kirkland was attacked on the pitch by a fan, Jones called on fans to police themselves after experiencing what he described as the worst abuse he'd heard in a football ground.

After the game Jones labelled Leeds fans "vile animals" in response to vicious and unfounded chants regarding child abuse allegations dating back to the turn of the Millennium. Allegations that were thrown out in court.

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Leeds United: sentence should be longer

Leeds United have issued a statement about the man who attacked Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland on Friday evening.

Aaron Cawley pleaded guilty at Sheffield Magistrates Court to assault and entering the field. He was given a 16-week jail sentence and a five-year football banning order.

“We are pleased to see the matter dealt with by the courts so quickly. We note that he has been given a 16-week jail sentence and a five-year banning order. The club will also ban the individual for life from Elland Road when this banning order expires. While we are pleased to see justice brought so quickly, our one disappointment is that we feel the sentence could, and should, have been considerably longer.”

– Leeds United spokesperson

The club has also pledged to ban him for life from Elland Road.

Man jailed for attack on Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper

A football fan was jailed for 16 weeks today after he admitted attacking a goalkeeper during a televised football match. Aaron Cawley, 21, from Cheltenham, pleaded guilty to assault and invading the pitch during Sheffield Wednesday's home match against Leeds United on Friday night.

Cawley, who appeared at Sheffield Magistrates' Court, was arrested after Wednesday keeper Chris Kirkland was pushed in the face during the game at Hillsborough stadium. The incident was one of a number of ugly scenes at the Yorkshire derby, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Kirkland, who has played for England, was shoved to the ground moments after conceding an equaliser in the 76th minute. A man was clearly seen running from the Leeds fans onto the pitch and pushing Kirkland in the face before running back into the crowd.

Goalkeeper attack: Aaron Cawley pleads guilty

At Sheffield Magistrate's Court today, a football fan has admitted attacking a goalkeeper after running onto the pitch during a televised football match.

Aaron Cawley, 21, from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, pleaded guilty to assault and entering the field following Sheffield Wednesday's home match against Leeds on Friday night. Cawley was arrested after Wednesday keeper Chris Kirkland was pushed in the face during the game at Hillsborough.

Kirkland, who has played for England, was shoved to the ground moments after conceding an equaliser in the 76th minute. A man was clearly seen running from the Leeds fans onto the pitch and pushed Kirkland in the face before running back into the crowd.

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FA condemns violence at derby game

The Football Association has issued this statement regarding Friday night's disorder at the match beween Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday where goalkeeper Chris Kirkland was assaulted by a Leeds United fan. Police have identified his attacker.

The FA condemns the scenes at Hillsborough. We have begun an immediate investigation and have been in contact with both clubs. We would call for the authorities to identify and bring before the courts anyone who was involved in any form of criminal disorder."

– Football Association spokesman

Chief Superintendent Jason Harwin, of South Yorkshire Police, said a senior investigating officer would be working with a team of officers to identify those responsible for the disruption.

He said there had been five arrests for various offences including public order before and after the game, while three people were ejected from the ground and 12 were subject to dispersal orders.

Sheffield Wednesday attack - suspect identified

Police have issued a statement saying - with the public's assistance - they have identified the man who ran onto the pitch during last night's game between Leeds and Sheffield and who is suspected of assaulting the Sheffield Wednesday goal keeper.

We are dealing with a complaint made by the player and are currently taking statements, collating evidence and making enquiries to locate and arrest the offender. We are using cctv footage from around the ground to identify suspects who may have been responsible for other disorder before during and after the match . We would like to thank supporters and the general public for their assistance."

– South Yorkshire police spokesman

Police ask for help in identifying goalkeeper attacker

South Yorkshire Police are calling on fans to help them identify a man who attacked Sheffield Wednesday's goalkeeper during Yorkshire derby with Leeds United.

Chris Kirkland fell to the floor covering his face with his arms after the attack. He was described as being "sore" afterwards.

During tonight's match, Sheffield Wednesday versus Leeds United at Hillsborough, incidents occurred where it is believed seats and bottles were thrown inside the ground.

We are also aware of an incident whereby the Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper has been assaulted by an individual who ran onto the pitch.

Fans are still leaving the ground and surrounding areas and our priority is to ensure the safe departure of fans.

Such incidents are not acceptable and won't be tolerated. We will be working with both clubs to identify and quickly bring to justice the persons responsible.

– Chief Superintendent Jason Harwin of South Yorkshire Police

He added:

Thankfully, such incidents are a rarity and we see a minority spoil it for the majority of genuine supporters.

We are keen to hear from anyone that can help identify any person responsible for any of these incidents tonight.

– Chief Superintendent Jason Harwin of South Yorkshire Police

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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