Kirkland attacker jailed

Chris Kirkland receiving treatmant after being attacked
Chris Kirkland receiving treatmant after being attacked

THE thug who assaulted former Wigan Athletic goalkeeper Chris Kirkland during a match has been jailed for four months.

Aaron Cawley was seen on television invading the pitch and striking the player in the face during Friday’s game between Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

The 21-year-old pleaded guilty at Sheffield Magistrates Court to assault and entering the field.

The court heard Leeds fan Cawley had been drinking heavily before the attack on 31-year-old Kirkland, who left Latics for Wednesday in the summer.

Cawley, from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, was given a 16-week jail sentence and a five-year football banning order.

It has also emerged that he had already breached two previous banning orders.

Former Latics number one Kirkland required treatment following the attack which took place just after Leeds had scored an equaliser in the 76th minute.