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Wilfried Zaha will have FA hearing after he and Ian Holloway admit charges

Zaha set for FA showdown while Holloway hit with 2k fine after both admit charges

By
Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

17:40 GMT, 15 March 2013

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UPDATED:

17:43 GMT, 15 March 2013

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway and attacker Wilfried Zaha have both admitted FA charges for improper conduct.

Zaha, who is on loan from Manchester United after signing for them in January, gave Leeds fans the middle finger during their clash on March 9.

He has requested a personal hearing, while Holloway is hit with a 2,000 fine because of his misconduct towards match officials during the same game.

Response: Wilfried Zaha had a message for the Leeds fans giving him stick

Response: Wilfried Zaha had a message for the Leeds fans giving him stick

Rambunctious: Ian Holloway was not amused during Palace's clash with Leeds

Rambunctious: Ian Holloway was not amused during Palace's clash with Leeds

Zaha, who had been suffering abuse
from Leeds fans before the incident, was ticked off by Man United for
his behaviour during the 2-2 draw.

He admitted on Twitter that he should have behaved better, telling his followers 'it was very unprofessional of me'.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was
given a one-match ban, fined 20,000 and warned as to his future conduct
after a similar gesture aimed at Fulham fans back in December.

Manchester United are to lose out to Bayern Munich in the race to sign Robert Lewandowski

United left reeling as Bayern set to sign hot shot Lewandowski

By
Simon Peach, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

13:37 GMT, 10 February 2013

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UPDATED:

13:58 GMT, 10 February 2013

Manchester United have been left reeling after Lothar Matthaus has said that Bayern Munich are closing in on the signing of forward Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund.

Recent reports in the German media claimed the 24-year-old, whose contract expires next year, was set to become Pep Guardiola’s first recruit upon taking charge at the Allianz Arena in June, meaning United would miss out on the striker.

Despite Dortmund’s continual denials that they have agreed a deal to sell Lewandowski , the legendary midfielder appeared to add fuel to the speculation that he will leave, but stay in Germany.

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In demand: Robert Lewandowski has attracted interest from many top clubs

In demand: Robert Lewandowski has attracted interest from many top clubs

'I was on the road this week. I heard that Lewandowski has an agreement with Bayern. Only the date of the move remains undecided,' Matthaus told Sky Bundesliga.

'Lewandowski’s contract runs out in 2014 and Dortmund will only get a fee in 2013 – surely a high fee. I heard it was something between 20m-25m, otherwise he will go to Bayern for free next year.'

Detemrined: Up to now Dortmund have be insistent that he is staying

Detemrined: Up to now Dortmund have be insistent that he is staying

Matthaus then explained how the Poland international would serve as a better option in Guardiola’s attack than central striker Mario Gomez.

'I think he is a player that fits more into the system of Guardiola than Gomez,' he added.

'He showed Guardiola last week in Leverkusen how a forward is not only an attacker but also drops deeper.'

However, the striker showed his temperamental side after getting sent off for a wild tackle against Hamburg, appearing to have lost his head.

Danny Graham latest: Newcastle supporting striker made anti-Sunderland comment in old interview

Black Cats target Graham: I would stay as far away from Sunderland as I could!

By
Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

20:23 GMT, 17 January 2013

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UPDATED:

20:55 GMT, 17 January 2013

Danny Graham is close to a 5million move to Sunderland but if he signs for the Wearside club it will be a controversial move to say the least.

The Gateshead-born striker supports Newcastle and in an interview conducted during his time at Watford was asked who he would support if his club ceased to exist.

Graham replied: 'Put it this way. I would stay as far away from Sunderland as I could. It would probably have to be Gateshead.'

Controversial switch: Danny Graham is close to moving to Sunderland... but he is a renowned Newcastle fan

Controversial switch: Danny Graham is close to moving to Sunderland… but he is a renowned Newcastle fan

History: Graham answered the bottom question provocatively while at Watford

History: Graham answered the bottom question provocatively while at Watford

Many Black Cats fans were already upset about the move for the 27-year-old attacker and the old interview snippet being dug up and posted on Twitter will not go down well at the Stadium of Light.

One Sunderland supporter posted on a fans forum: 'Danny Graham is a born and bred Mag and he really doesn't like us. If he signed he would just take the p*** like all the others have.

'This, like ALL other craa [slang for Newcastle supporter] supporting players we have had in recent history, will end in tears.'

Another added: 'I just think Danny Graham is a disaster waiting to happen.'

Sunderland need to bring in a new forward to ease the burden on Steven Fletcher. The former Wolves hitman has the lion's share of their goals this season, with eight goals out of the club's 30.

Martin Keown"s boot room: Marouane Fellaini headbutt was wrong but sly Ryan Shawcross has no defence

The boot room: It's not defending, it's tag wrestling! Fellaini headbutt was wrong but sly Shawcross has no defence

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UPDATED:

22:57 GMT, 21 December 2012

What Marouane Fellaini did to Ryan Shawcross last weekend was wrong – there is no place for headbutts on a football pitch. Everton manager David Moyes was quick to make that point, too.

Fellaini's reaction was that of frustration, a retaliation to almost an hour of being manhandled by the Stoke centre back at every set-piece. He felt Shawcross was cheating time after time and so the anger built up. It wasn't right but something needs to be done about the style in which Shawcross marks people.

It's not defending, it's tag wrestling. He's not bothered about the ball, just the man.

Mario Fellaini headbutts Ryan Shawcross

Mario Fellaini headbutts Ryan Shawcross

I have been watching Shawcross for long enough to know he's been regularly grabbing attackers, putting both arms around them like a bear hug.

He's not alone in doing this in the Premier League but he's the best at it, disguising his clear fouling from the referee. He collars his opponents, targeting people like Fellaini who are so good in the air. He does it exceptionally well but he oversteps the mark.

As a defender you always need to have some contact with the man you are marking at set-pieces but there are boundaries.

There will always be shirt-pulling in the box – sometimes it's just a natural instinct when a player runs away from you. You use it as a brake to slow down an attacker, it's part of your armoury. I did that but I never put two arms around an opponent like Shawcross does.

I was on the receiving end of a player like that, too. It was a game against Lazio and Alessandro Nesta was wrestling me to the ground at every free-kick and corner. I tried to tell the referee but I got no help from him. He did nothing. So I decided I would stop him by barging into him at every set-piece, running violently into him. I started acting like a crazy guy. He could see the look in my eye which was telling him not to do it again or it would all go off.

So I can understand what Fellaini must have been feeling, even though he was wrong to let it get the better of him. When Shawcross was headbutted by Fellaini it must have been painful. But I have been headbutted and punched and I know it's a choice whether you go down or not. Most of the time it happened to me, I fought back.

But when Nigel Spackman punched me in the back of the head, I chose to go to the floor so the referee would notice it and would send him off. He did. No doubt that was in Shawcross's mind as he hit the deck.

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Christian soldiers on

Bang-on Benteke

Christian Benteke has been a revelation for
Aston Villa, with eight goals already this season in all competitions. Can he become the first Villa player to score 20 goals since Juan Pablo Angel in 2003-04

11-12 . Darren Bent 10
10-11. Darren Bent 9/Ashley Young 9
09-10. John Carew 17
08-09. John Carew 15
07-08. John Carew 13
06-07. Gabriel Agbonlahor 10
05-06. Milan Baros 12
04-05. Juan Pablo Angel 9
03-04. Juan Pablo Angel 23

Christian Benteke is an absolute revelation. He has some of Didier Drogba's pace and power but whereas Drogba would fall to the floor with a broken eyelash, Benteke is harder.

He reminds me of former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who was a fearsome opponent. You didn't make him angry because you'd be worried what he'd do to you and the same can be said about Benteke.

The harder you hit him, the harder he hits back. The Belgian is dominating everyone he faces – I haven't seen any defender master him yet. He's caused problems for Manchester City, Manchester United, Spurs and Liverpool to name but a few.

He has fantastic feet and technique and they complement his confidence and strength. He will keep getting better, too.

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Andrey Arshavin set to join Zenit St Petersburg for third time

Zenit ready to sign Arshavin for third time as Arsenal look to get Russian off wage bill

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UPDATED:

10:06 GMT, 24 November 2012

Andrey Arshavin is set for a third spell at Zenit St Petersburg with the Russian club poised to make a move in the January transfer window.

Arsenal are keen to do a deal with the Russian giants in the winter window to prevent the midfielder leaving for free in the summer when his contract expires.

The 31-year-old is believed to earn 90,000-a-week and is one of Arsenal's top earners but the club now want him off the wage bill as he has been reduced to a bit part player.

Returning to Russia: Zenit St Petersburg are keen to re-sign Andrey Arshavin

Returning to Russia: Zenit St Petersburg are keen to re-sign Andrey Arshavin

Arsenal’s willingness to sell has encouraged Zenit to try to re-sign a player they sold to the Gunners for 12million in 2009 and took back on a three-month loan earlier this year.

Manager Arsene Wenger will expect around 3million for Arshavin, and Zenit are prepared to offer the Leningrad-born attacker a two-and-a-half-year deal.

Cristiano Ronaldo fires broadside at Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini

Ronaldo's back, but he's not making friends: 'Mourinho's better than Fergie and Mancini… and Spanish football beats Premier League'

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UPDATED:

11:54 GMT, 21 November 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo has landed a double blow on his former employers and Wednesday night's opponents ahead of his first return to Manchester.

He has declared Jose Mourinho a better coach than both Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini and believes the Spanish top flight to be better than the Barclays Premier League.

Black and blue: Ronaldo arrived in Manchester sporting the black eye he suffered while playing for Portugal

Black and blue: Ronaldo arrived in Manchester sporting the black eye he suffered while playing for Portugal

Black and blue: Ronaldo arrived in Manchester sporting the black eye he suffered while playing for Madrid

Real Madrid head to the Etihad Stadium tonight as the Spanish giants prepare to land a record tenth Champions league title.

The former United attacker told The Sun: 'Jose is the world's best coach, he's No 1.

'It's so great to work with him because I'm a person who likes to win, compete — and who hates losing! Everything is focused on winning the Champions League.

'You can feel it everywhere, even in the street because everyone knows we’re close to winning the club's 10th European Cup.

'It's my dream to win the Champions League again too. It’ll come this year or next year but we have to stay calm.'

The Portugal attacker added: 'The Spanish league is the best in the world as the best teams and the best players are there.'

Meanwhile, Real boss Mourinho has
dismissed City's chances of making it through to the knockout stage,
even if they win their remaining two games.

Asked if he was surprised at City's struggles in Group D of the Champions League, the brutality of Mourinho's answer was clear.

'It's normal if one of the big teams
does not win the competition because there are other teams with the same
power and desire,' said the Real Madrid coach.

'Only one team can win. However I don't think it's normal when you are out of the competition at the very first stage.

Who's the boss Ronaldo rates Mourinho as the a better coach than Sir Alex

Who's the boss Ronaldo rates Mourinho as the a better coach than Sir Alex

Who's the boss Ronaldo rates Mourinho as the a better coach than former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson

'From
my point of view, if Real Madrid lose the final or a semi-final or a
quarter-final, then that's just football. But if you are out at the
group stage then it's more difficult to accept or understand.

'Last
season they were out. This season I think they will be out. They could
win this game of course. They could win in Dortmund as well. But eight
points is not enough and I think they are out for the second successive
season. That must be very difficult for them.'

He's back! Ronaldo is making his first return to Manchester after departing for Madrid

He's back! Ronaldo is making his first return to Manchester after departing for Madrid

He's back! Ronaldo is making his first return to Manchester after departing for Madrid

Manchester United set to bid for Wilfried Zaha in January

United set to blow rivals out of the water with mega bid for Palace star Zaha

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UPDATED:

10:33 GMT, 18 November 2012

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to launch a bid to sign Crystal Palace sensation Wilfried Zaha with an offer that will blow away any other interested clubs.

Ferguson decided to enter the race to England’s newest star when he received the recommendation from his son Darren, after Zaha ripped his Peterborough side apart a few weeks ago.

And now United are set to offer ‘what it takes’ to see off Tottenham and Arsenal in the January window which includes handing the 20-year-old better terms to come to Old Trafford.

Star performer: Wilfried Zaha helped Crystal Palace stay top of The Championship with a 3-0 win over Derby

Star performer: Wilfried Zaha helped Crystal Palace stay top of The Championship with a 3-0 win over Derby

England calling: Zaha made his international debut against Sweden

England calling: Zaha made his international debut against Sweden

According to The Sunday People, Ferguson has kept an eye on Zaha since he dazzled against them in Palace’s shock League Cup triumph last season.

A United source told The People: ‘Sir Alex now thinks Zaha has the skill and bottle to play for United – and he wants him badly.’

Palace are hoping to get 20million for
Zaha but will realistically settle for half of that – a figure United
will gladly pay, having paid similar sums for emerging talents Phil
Jones from Blackburn and Chris Smalling from Fulham.

Keeping tabs: Sir Alex Ferguson is believed to be a fan of Zaha

Keeping tabs: Sir Alex Ferguson is believed to be a fan of Zaha

Ferguson sees Zaha as a Cristiano Ronaldo-style attacker, capable of playing down either wing and scoring goals through pace and trickery.

Zaha is seen as the ideal replacement for Nani who is in a contract dispute and may be on his way out, creating a gap in the United squad. Spurs and Arsenal are also keen but will struggle against United.

The Ivory Coast-born kid has lived in London since he was four, but he would head north if the clubs can sort out a fee.

While Palace would like to keep him for their promotion push, the auction could reach a level where they cannot refuse.

Palace boss Ian Holloway, meanwhile, fears the youngster's progress could suffer as result of his elevation to the England senior squad.

'It’s a difficult time for him as everything has happened at once.

'This could damage a young man who is as pure a footballer as he is.

'He has to learn to handle it, put the emotion away and do his job.'

Lukas Podolski hits out at Arsenal formation

I want to play up top, says Podolski as Arsenal star hits out at Wenger selection policy

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 7 November 2012

Lukas Podolski has joined Theo Walcott in voicing his unhappiness at being played out of position at Arsenal.

The Germany international has been deployed on the left of Arsene Wenger's attacking trio this season.

Yellow peril: Podolski wants to play as a centre-forward for Arsenal

Yellow peril: Podolski wants to play as a centre-forward for Arsenal

Podolski has scored four goals since arriving from Cologne in the summer.

But, like his team-mate Walcott, the 27-year-old wants to be used as a centre-forward with Wenger's preferred 4-2-3-1 system.

Desire: Walcott is also keen on playing up top for the Gunners

Desire: Walcott is also keen on playing up top for the Gunners

'I'd rather play as a central attacker,' said the former Bayern Munich forward.

'On the left I have to do a lot of defensive work, constantly running up and down. I am not a classical winger.'

Chelsea horror show against Manchester United ref Lee Mason

Expect fireworks! Chelsea plan a freak show for Manchester United in their re-match (but let's hope ref Lee Mason doesn't have a horror show of his own)

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UPDATED:

12:00 GMT, 30 October 2012

We've been used to seeing some horror shows between Chelsea and Manchester United over the years…but now Chelsea are encouraging fans to enter into the fright night experience.

The two clubs meet again on Wednesday night – just four days after their last explosive encounter – this time in the Capital One Cup and young Chelsea supporters are being encouraged to dress for the occasion to try and freak out the opposition.

Chelsea's website is urging supporters to 'scare the United players,' with their Halloween outfits.

How Chelsea's young fans might try to 'scare' Sir Alex Ferguson

How Chelsea's young fans might try to 'scare' Sir Alex Ferguson

A message to the supporters on the club website says: 'Wednesday night sees Chelsea take on Manchester United in the League Cup and it's sure to be a brilliant match, but it also happens to be Halloween – the spookiest night of the year!!

'We want all bridgekids who have tickets for the game to come along early and wear their best Halloween outfits so that we can help scare the United players and help the Blues get a win. Whether you're a 'ghoul-keeper', a 'monster defender' or a 'wicked attacker', we want to see lots of brilliant costumes!

Don't try to pin this one on the referee: another spiky Halloween outfit that could look the part on Chelsea's fright night

Don't try to pin this one on the referee: another spiky Halloween outfit that could look the part on Chelsea's fright night

'Before the game there will be lots of cool Halloween stuff going on in the Family stand, with giveaways, face painters, balloon modellers, our new Match Attax area, and our very own Stamford the Lion!

'Get yourself dressed up – it's going to be FREAKY!'

Referee Lee Mason has been appointed for the potentially explosive re-match.

TRY TO AVOID A HORROR SHOW, REF!

Lee Mason

Lee Mason shows a red

Lee Mason will take charge of the Halloween League Cup tie Stamford Bridge and finds himself back in the spotlight. Here are his credentials. He needs to be ready for fireworks!

1971: Born October 29 in Bolton.

1988: Starts officiating in the Bolton Boys Federation League.

1998: Added to the Football League assistant referees list.

2000: Promoted to the Premier League assistant referees list.

2002: Referees his first professional game – a Football League meeting between Shrewsbury and Exeter.

2003: Becomes a development group referee.

2006: February – Added to the Premier League list, taking charge of his first top-flight game between Middlesbrough and Aston Villa.

May – Referees the League One play-off final.

2009: Suffers a one-week demotion to the role of fourth official following his performance in a game between Liverpool and Fulham.

2012: Makes controversial decision to send off QPR's Shaun Derry in a match with Manchester United at Old Trafford. Derry tangled with Ashley Young, who was offside, with the contact questionable. On appeal, the decision was upheld.

Chris Kirkland attack: Police identify suspect

Police identify Kirkland attacker as FA confirm investigation into Yorkshire derby night of shame

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UPDATED:

12:34 GMT, 20 October 2012

A hooligan who ran on to the pitch and assaulted Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland during Friday night's match against Leeds has been identified by police.

The suspect, who has been named on social media sites but not by police, has yet to be arrested after former England goalkeeper Kirkland was shoved in the face amid ugly scenes at Hillsborough.

The Football Association is also investigating crowd trouble at the Yorkshire derby and is awaiting the referee's report.

Kirkland was assaulted by a Leeds fan after the visitors had equalised.

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Disgrace: The fan attacked Chris Kirkland

Disgrace: The fan caught Sheffield Wednesday keeper Chris Kirkland flush in the face with a sickening assault

Disgrace: The fan attacked Chris Kirkland

Disgrace: The fan attacked Chris Kirkland

VIDEO: Chris Kirkland is punched in the face by a fan…

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The shocking scenes were broadcast
live on Sky Sports and fans were quick to condemn the trouble on Twitter
and Facebook. That led to a suspect being named on sites, and a mobile
phone number being circulated.

South Yorkshire Police's senior
investigating officer, Detective Inspector Mark Monteiro, said: 'With
the public's assistance we have clearly identified the offender who ran
on to the pitch during last night's game between Sheffield Wednesday FC
and Leeds United FC and who is suspected of assaulting the Sheffield
Wednesday goalkeeper.

'We are dealing with the complaint
made by the player and we are currently taking statements, collating
evidence and making inquiries to locate and arrest the offender.

'We are also using CCTV footage from
around the ground to identify suspects who may have been responsible for
other offences before, during or after the match.

'I'd like to thank the supporters and general public who have provided information and assisted with our inquiries.'

A number of supporters from the away
end ran on to the pitch after Michael Tonge's 77th-minute equaliser at
Hillsborough and one approached Kirkland from behind before knocking him
to the ground by hitting him on the face with both hands.

Vicious: The fan savagely accosted Kirkland

Vicious: The fan grimaces as he goes in to attack Kirkland

Vicious: The fan savagely accosted Kirkland
Twitter reaction

Rio Ferdinand ‏(@rioferdy5)
Wow, watching the Sheff Weds vs Leeds game….that fan is a disgrace. Shocking. Been a good game too.

Gary O'Neil (‏@Gazoneil)
Wow what have I just seen on my tv! Absolute disgrace. #leedsfan

Kyle Walker (‏@kyle28walker)
The fan could have had anything on him great goal ruined but a silly man. These things should happen anymore

Phil Neville (@fizzer18)
Can't believe what I've just seen in the Sheffield wed vs Leeds game!

Matt Taylor (@Official_MattT)
Absolute disgrace what that Leeds fan did tonight. I could not believe my eyes. Kirkland did well not to retaliate #noplaceforthatinfootball

An FA spokesman said: 'We are investigating the events of last night and awaiting the referee's report.

'The FA condemns the scenes at
Hillsborough last night. We have begun an immediate investigation and
have been in contact with both clubs.

'We would call for the authorities to
identify and bring before the courts anyone who was involved in any
form of criminal disorder.'

Leeds manager Neil Warnock led the
condemnation of the flashpoint describing the thug as a ‘moron’ and
calling for him to be ‘prosecuted and put in prison’.

His opposite number Dave Jones —
equally outraged by travelling supporters who ripped up seats and
chanted abuse at him — said Leeds fans should be ‘banned from every
ground in the country’.

An emotional Jones branded Leeds fans
‘vile animals’ after the 1-1 draw and also clashed angrily with Warnock
after he gestured for his players to walk to the away end and applaud
the fans who had heaped shame on their club.

Within minutes of the incident, fans
on social media sites claimed to have identified the culprit — an
infamous Leeds hooligan who they said had been in trouble three times
for flouting football banning orders.

Police
also said there had been five arrests for various offences including
public order before and after the game, while three people were ejected
from the ground and 12 were subject to dispersal orders.

The scenes at Hillsborough will cause the FA acute
embarrassment following their stance over crowd behaviour in Serbia at
Tuesday’s Under 21 game, where England’s black players were racially
abused.

Pain: Kirkland holds his face after the incident

Pain: Kirkland holds his face after the incident

Jones, whose side had led through a
Jay Bothroyd header in the 44th minute, was taunted about allegations of
which he was cleared more than a decade ago.

He said: ‘People go on about racism,
but chants like we heard tonight are a form of that and Leeds need to
clean their house up and get it in order. I’ve had it for 12 years, but
that doesn’t make it right, because we are talking here about vile
animals.

‘It is an absolute disgrace, and the authorities have to sort it out quickly, otherwise they will keep doing it.

‘They are vile animals, all of them,
and I don’t care if that’s tarring them with the same brush. They should
be, because those who were chanting should be ashamed of themselves,
and so should those who sat by and did nothing. I thought we’d left all
this behind 20 years ago, and it sickens me that we are still having to
put up with it.

‘Chris is sore and dazed and may even
be slightly concussed. I had a go at Neil for telling his players to go
and applaud those animals. I was really annoyed about that.

‘They clapped them for what Wrecking
our stadium Beating up our keeper They’re probably doing the same to
the police now. You talk about morals, and then he does something like
that.’

Warnock said: ‘I felt embarrassed to
be a manager when I saw that. It was an absolute disgrace. They should
get the guy and prosecute him and put him in prison.

‘He (Kirkland) went down like a ton of bricks but that doesn’t make a difference. Nobody should be on the pitch doing that.

‘That moron has spoiled everything for
everyone. I am not proud of being Leeds manager when I see that. I am
absolutely embarrassed. They had enough security, but if a person like
him with a five-year-old mentality wants to get on, they can’t stop
him.’

Treatment: Leeds fans chant and jeer while Kirkland lies injured

Treatment: Leeds fans chant and jeer while Kirkland lies injured

Warnock apologised on saturday morning for saying Kirkland went down easy.

The Leeds boss said on Sky Sports: 'I was out of order saying that. There is nobody should be allowed to get on the pitch and do that to Chris.

'It's a minority who got on the pitch but you only need a small group, a few morons put everyone else to shame.'

Leeds issued a statement saying:
‘Leeds United Football Club would like to publicly apologise and condemn
the action of the fan. The club will co-operate fully.’

Chairman of the Leeds United Supporters' Club Ray Fell wants action taken quickly against the assailant although he pointed out poisonous chants from both sets of fans contributed to the hostile atmosphere.

Fell told Sky Sports 1: 'The only hope for most of us is the police act quickly and this lad is brought to task for it. He let the club down and he let us all down.

'The only thing we don't like about it – it wasn't the Leeds fans who attacked the goalkeeper, it was a Leeds fan who attacked the goalkeeper and the other issue is also what fuelled it. Both sets of fans were chanting.'

Ripped down: A sign is torn from its berth at Hillsborough

Ripped down: A sign is torn from its berth at Hillsborough

Of Jones' description of Leeds fans as 'vile animals', Fell added: 'I think in fairness to him, no-one likes and I certainly deplore the chanting that went on. I can understand his anger at that.'

Fell was critical of the ease with which fans were able to get onto the pitch after Leeds' equaliser.

He added: 'These clubs need to make sure the stewards works properly – the Taylor report seems to have been forgotten in recent years and it's time we went back to looking at these things and that the grounds are properly policed and stewarded.'

In 2002, a Birmingham fan who ran on
the pitch and taunted Aston Villa goalkeeper Peter Enckelman was
sentenced to four months in jail.