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Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper attacked by Leeds fan

Published on Oct 20, 2012 6:04 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland was attacked by a Leeds fan during a stormy 1-1 English Championship draw at Hillsborough on Friday.

Kirkland had just been beaten by a superb 77th-minute equaliser from Michael Tonge when Leeds supporters spilled onto the pitch in over-zealous celebration of the goal.

One of those fans ran up to Kirkland and, pushing both hands into his face, sent the stunned former Liverpool and England star crashing to the turf.

Police and stewards eventually cleared the field of the fans, but the visibly shaken Kirkland needed several minutes of treatment before he was able to continue.

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