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Police issue plea to find goalie Kirkland's attacker

South Yorkshire Police has vowed to work with Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United to find the person who assaulted goalkeeper Chris Kirkland during tonight's game between the clubs at Hillsborough.

Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland lays on the ground after been struck by a Leeds United fan
Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland lays on the ground after been struck by a Leeds United fan Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

Chief Superintendent Jason Harwin of South Yorkshire Police said, “During tonight’s match, Sheffield Wednesday versus Leeds United, at Hillsborough incidents occurred where is it 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," he continued.

The chief superintendent stressed that "such incidents are not acceptable and won't be tolerated".

He urged people who can help identify the attacker or anyone else involved in incidents of violence at the match to contact the police, quoting incident number 681 of 19 October, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Leeds vow to help police identify Kirkland assault fan

Leeds United released the following statement after one of the club's supporters shoved opposition goalkeeper Chris Kirkland in the face during a match at Sheffield Wednesday:

Leeds United Football Club would like to publicly apologise and condemn the action of the fan who came on the pitch and attacked Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland. The club will fully co-operate with the police and the football authorities in identifying the individual concerned.

After the week football has endured there is no place for this type of behaviour and the majority of Leeds supporters will be ashamed of his actions.

– Leeds United Statement

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Managers clash over goalkeeper attack

Footballer managers Neil Warnock and Dave Jones were involved in a war of words after Warnock applauded the Leeds fans following the match against Sheffield Wednesday.

One of the Leeds supporters shoved Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirlkland in the face during the game.

"I've had a go at Neil (Warnock). I know it's their fans but you don't go and wave at them after they've done that," said Wednesday boss Jones.

But Leeds manager Warnock retaliated: "Dave (Jones) was saying we shouldn't thank the crowd. Our crowd were fantastic tonight, we've got one moron."

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Sheffield Wednesday boss describes Leeds fans as "vile animals"

Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones said Leeds fans were "vile animals" after one of the club's supporters assaulted Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland during their derby match on Friday.

"You talk about racism in the game, what about the chanting (by Leeds fans)? It's a form of racism in itself," said Jones after the match at Hillsborough.

Leeds boss Warnock says fan should be jailed

Leeds United manager Neil Warnock says the fan who assaulted opposition goalkeeper Chris Kirkland during Friday's Yorkshire derby against Sheffield Wednesday should be imprisoned:

I am embarrassed, it was an absolute disgrace. They should get the guy and put him in bloody prison. I'm not proud to be Leeds manager when I see a moron like that come on (the pitch).

– Neil Warnock, Leeds UNited manager
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