Sheffield goalie relives pitch assault horror

Published: 22 October, 2012 08:13 IST | AFP |

Chris Kirkland attacked on the pitch by a Leeds fan

Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland spoke on Saturday of his shock at being attacked on the pitch by a Leeds fan as English football’s authorities condemned the ugly scenes at the match.

Chris Kirkland

The former England and Liverpool keeper was shoved in the face and knocked to the ground by a man who invaded the pitch during a stormy 1-1 Championship draw at Hillsborough on Friday, but was not caught by stewards. A 21-year-old man was yesterday arrested on suspicion of assault. “I felt the full force and I was just shocked because you never know what could have been in his hands. I was sore and, as I say, really shocked at what had happened,” Kirkland said in a statement released by the Owls.

“It was scary. It was not a nice feeling to think my daughter saw me assaulted like that. I just want the authorities to look at what happened and take the appropriate action because sooner or later, we could be talking about something even more serious.”

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