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Friday
Oct192012

Leeds Fan Storms Field, Hits Chris Kirkland

Distasteful scene at Hillesbourgh as a Leeds fan hits the Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper, Chris Kirkland, square in the face.  The keeper just conceded a 77th minute equalizer to Michael Tonge's 25 yard goal, which cancelled out a header just before half-time by Jay Bothroyd. Kirkland required medical treatment after being slapped to the ground by the raging (unidentified) culprit. This terrible act was only the apex of the disgusting chants that the Leeds fans were shouting all game long. Wednesday manager Dave Jones addressed the incident by saying, "They are all vile animals", "You talk about racism, the chanting, that's a form of racism"."

Leeds manager Neil Warnock released a statement:

"I felt embarrassed to be a manager when I saw that," Warnock told Sky Sports 1. "I thought it was an absolute disgrace. I think they should get the guy and prosecute him and put him in prison. [Kirkland] went down like a ton of bricks, but that doesn't make a difference. Nobody should be on the pitch doing that.

"I hope we can make an absolute issue of it. He spoiled everything for everyone. I've not enjoyed that when I see a moron like that. I am not proud of being Leeds manager when I see that. I don't mind the rivalry between us - there was a great atmosphere. To see things like that on the field of play, there is no place for it - I am absolutely embarrassed."

 

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