League round-up: Police take action as Kirkland assault suspect is identified
Sunday 21 October 2012
Chris Kirkland has called for action to be taken against the Leeds United fan who attacked him after he was identified by police.
The Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper was knocked to the ground amid ugly scenes during Friday's Championship game at Hillsborough. The suspect has been named on social media sites but has yet to be arrested.
Kirkland said: "I just want the authorities to look at what happened and take the appropriate action because sooner or later, we could be talking about something even more serious.
"I was just shocked because you never know what could have been in his hands. The rest of the game flew by and then the final whistle came, the adrenalin goes and you reflect on something like that and it was scary. I thought of my family watching something like that and it was not a nice feeling to think my daughter saw me assaulted like that."
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. 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."
In the Championship yesterday, Paul Jewell admitted he will consider his future at Ipswich after a 2-1 defeat at Hull. Jewell said: "I will speak to [owner] Marcus Evans and we will see what the best solution is."
Leicester moved top after leaders Cardiff were beaten 3-1 at Nottingham Forest. Nigel Pearson's side could only draw 1-1 with Birmingham but Ben Marshall's late equaliser was enough to lift them to the summit on goal difference.
Managerless Blackburn are still without a win since sacking Steve Kean last month after conceding a late equaliser in yesterday's 1-1 draw with Derby. Bolton started life without Owen Coyle by beating Bristol City 3-2.
Eddie Howe made a winning start to his second spell as Bournemouth manager, inflicting a first defeat of the season on league leaders Tranmere. The 34-year-old returned to Dean Court last week after two years at Burnley. Stevenage beat MK Dons 1-0 to close the gap on Tranmere to four points.
Gillingham ended Burton Albion's eight-game unbeaten run with a 4-1 win at Priestfield to maintain their three-point cushion at the top.
Port Vale beat Wycombe by the same scoreline to keep up the pressure, while Neal Ardley earned his first point as manager of AFC Wimbledon with a 1-1 draw against Fleetwood.
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