A hooligan who ran on to the pitch and assaulted a goalkeeper during a Championship football match has been identified by police.Read the full story ›
The Football Association has released this statement about the violent scenes at the Leeds United vs. Sheffield Wednesday match at Hillsborough last night:
The FA condemns the scenes at Hillsborough last night. 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.
With the public's assistance we have clearly identified the offender who ran onto 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 enquiries to locate and arrest the offender.
We are also using CCTV footage from around the ground to identify suspects who may have been responsible for other offences before, during or after the match.
South Yorkshire Police say they have identified the man who ran onto the pitch and assaulted the Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland last night.
In a statement, they said they had been able to do this with the public's assistance.
South Yorkshire Police have vowed to work with Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday to find the fan who assaulted goalkeeper Chris Kirkland.Read the full story ›
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.
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.
Great atmosphere tonight fans were immense! Can I just say the guy that hit Chris Kirkland when he wasn't looking is a coward ! Ye I said it
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.
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