Soccer fan admits goalkeeper attack

Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland after being struck by a fan (EMPICS Sport)

Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland after being struck by a fan (EMPICS Sport)

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A football fan has admitted attacking a goalkeeper after running onto the pitch during a televised football match.

Aaron Cawley, 21, from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, pleaded guilty to assault and entering the field following Sheffield Wednesday's home match against Leeds United on Friday night.

Cawley, who appeared at Sheffield Magistrates' Court, was arrested after Wednesday keeper Chris Kirkland was pushed in the face during the game at Hillsborough stadium.

The incident was one of a number of ugly scenes at the Yorkshire derby, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Kirkland, who has played for England, was shoved to the ground moments after conceding an equaliser in the 76th minute.

A man was clearly seen running from the Leeds fans onto the pitch and pushed Kirkland in the face before running back into the crowd.

The incident was caught on camera by Sky Sports, which was broadcasting the game.

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