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Police identify Hillsborough pitch invader

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

A hooligan who ran on to the pitch and assaulted a goalkeeper during a Championship football match has been identified by police.

The suspect, who has been named on social media sites but not by police, has yet to be arrested after former England goalkeeper Chris Kirkland was shoved in the face amid ugly scenes at the game between Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United at Hillsborough on Friday night.

The FA is also investigating crowd trouble at the Yorkshire derby and is awaiting the referee's report.

Kirkland, who was playing for Sheffield Wednesday, was assaulted by the Leeds fan after the visitors had equalised.

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

The shocking scenes were broadcast live and fans were quick to condemn the trouble on Twitter and Facebook. That led to a suspect being named on sites, and a mobile phone number being circulated.

South Yorkshire Police's senior investigating officer, Detective Inspector Mark Monteiro, said:

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.

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.

I'd like to thank the supporters and general public who have provided information and assisted with our inquiries.

– Detective Inspector Mark Monteiro, South Yorkshire Police

An FA spokesman said: "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."

Kirkland required medical treatment before he could continue.

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