Thuggish Leeds Fan Attacks Sheffield Wednesday ‘Keeper Chris Kirkland (Video)

Chris Wright

20th, October 2012


By Chris Wright

Grim scenes in the Championship last night, where Sheffield Wednesday ‘keeper Chris Kirkland was attacked in his goalmouth when a grunting Leeds fan escaped from his enclosure following Michael Tonge’s 77th-minute equaliser and shoved the former Liverpool stopper to the floor…

South Yorkshire Police also issued a statement after the game saying they are now investigating incidents “where it is believed seats and bottles were thrown” inside Hillsborough.

Owls manager Dave Jones, who had ‘those’ chants sung at him all night, had strong words for the Leeds fans after the game, telling BBC Sport:

“They are vile animals. You talk about racism [but] the chanting, that’s a form of racism. They should be banned from every away ground if they’re going to behave like that.

“[Leeds fans] are all going to get tarred with the same brush and that’s not right, but they will do and they should do because it wasn’t one person chanting the vile things.

“I thought those days had gone 15 or 20 years ago. They should be punished. I’ve had it for 12 years and it is just upsetting that they are able to do it.

“The authorities have to look at it and sort it. I’m talking about an incident when we should be talking about the football.”

Leeds manager Neil Warnock said:

“I thought it was an absolute disgrace. They should get the guy, prosecute him, put him in prison. I’m not proud to be Leeds manager when I see that.

“I don’t mind the atmosphere, there’s been elbows flying, but to see things like that on the field of play, I’m embarrassed.”

Leeds have since issued a statement vowing to identify Kirkland’s attacker and deal with him accordingly.

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  1. Si says:

    The comments on this guy’s Facebook page are outstanding.

    I hope that he has stocked up with lube, as it looks like he is going to need it.

  2. Jamie says:

    Dave Jones is an idiot. The chanting shouldn’t come into it, both sets of fans were as bad as each other, Leeds singing about him, Wednesday singing about Warnock and the fans killed in Turkey. It’s not right but he must be deaf not to have realised both sets of fans were doing it.
    As for the “vile” Leeds fans, any one who looked on twitter yesterday would have seen hundreds of messages about how ashamed we all are of one retard who’s trying to give all of us a bad reputation.

  3. Ubitez says:

    Trying to?

    That ship has sailed.

  4. ChristianVieri says:

    Dave Jones-“They are vile animals. You talk about racism [but] the chanting, that’s a form of racism. They should be banned from every away ground if they’re going to behave like that.”

    Warnock-“I don’t mind the atmosphere,”

    This is the new artificial(eg not like goal line technology,its not really affecting the game,apart from an image standpoint) dilemma in football.What constitutes atmosphere?
    Are distinctions going to continue over “banter/atmosphere”(good, and tolerated by the authorities)and racism(bad,fines,condemnation from the chattering classes/authorities) or are we going to start policing all behavior as is done in every other walk of life?

  5. SUSHRUT says:

    why was he not arrested straight away?

  6. Rich says:

    Nail on head Jamie. They’ll make mincemeat of him in prison.

    As for Dave Jones? He’s quite good at making himself look daft.

  7. Scott says:


    He wasn’t arrested straight away because he fled back into the stands and hid and the other Leeds fans refused to give him up.

    Pure Class!

    ban ban ban.

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