SHEFFIELD, England (AP) — Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland was assaulted by a fan who ran onto the field during a match against Leeds on Friday.
After Kirkland allowed a goal in the 77th minute in the 1-1 draw in the Yorkshire derby, the man ran onto the field from the Leeds’ section of the crowd and struck the former England goalkeeper in the face, sending him to the ground. Kirkland received treatment and remained in the game.
The fan returned to the stands while trouble continued around him, with a number of other visiting supporters running on and off the field and stewards struggling to contain them.
Leeds issued a statement apologizing for the incident and said it “will fully cooperate with the police and the football authorities in identifying the individual concerned.”