Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Kirkland attacked by Leeds fan

Sheffield Wednesday’s Yorkshire derby draw with Leeds United at Hillsborough on Friday evening was marred by an attack on the Owls goalkeeper, Chris Kirkland, by a visiting supporter that left the former England international needing treatment, the BBC has reported.

Leeds midfielder Michael Tonge had just found the back of the net to level the scores at 1-1 with just over 70 minutes played when raucous Leeds fans spilled onto the pitch from the stand behind Kirkland’s goal. But one supporter ran towards Kirkland and struck him in the face, sending the ex-Liverpool player to the floor.

Wednesday manager Dave Jones said after the match that Kirkland, who was able to play out the rest of the match, was “sore…dazed…[and] maybe concussed” when examined later in the dressing room.

Leeds released a statement after the match condemning the fan who attacked Kirkland, while the BBC notes there were more than 5,000 Leeds fans at the match out of a total attendance of just over 28,000.

South Yorkshire Police also confirmed they were investigating incidents of objects, including bottles and seats ripped from the stand, being thrown inside the ground.

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