Leeds United 1 Charlton 1: Bates hits out at 'low-life thug' and admits fears for club takeover
21:26 GMT, 23 October 2012
Leeds chairman Ken Bates hit out at the jailed thug who attacked Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland during last Friday’s televised clash at Hillsborough.
And he fears it may have put the Bahraini takeover of Leeds at risk.
Aaron Cawley was jailed for 16 weeks for the assault and in his programme notes Charlton, Bates wrote: ‘There can be nothing but contempt and total condemnation for the low-life thug who invaded the pitch and caused bodily harm to Chris Kirkland.’
Finishing school: David Norris powers Leeds in front at Elland Road
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Level pegging: Dorian Dervite equalises
At a subdued Elland Road, Leeds
struggled to kick-start their high-tempo game and they didn’t test
Charlton keeper Ben Hamer until midfielder David Norris gave them a
Michael Brown’s free-kick into the
area triggered penalty appeals as the ball appeared to strike Leon Cort
on the hand in an aerial tussle with Luciano Becchio. But Norris seized
his opportunity to swivel 180 degrees and fire past Hamer from the edge
of the area.
It proved a precarious advantage,
however, as Charlton went close to an equaliser when Tom Lees headed a
Johnnie Jackson corner against his own bar.
But within five minutes of the
restart, Charlton levelled when Dorian Dervite struck a debut goal past
Paddy Kenny from 20 yards to silence Leeds’ lowest league gate of the