16 weeks jail for attack on Sheffield goalie

Aaron Cawley
Aaron Cawley

A LEEDS United supporter who attacked Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland on the pitch is starting a 16 week prison sentence after describing himself as a ‘disgrace’.

Unemployed labourer Aaron Cawley, aged 21, of Cheltenham, had previously breached two Football Banning Orders. He admitted common assault and entering the field of play at last Friday’s match at Hillsborough.

Sheffield magistrates heard he emailed South Yorkshire Police to admit responsibility and to apologise on the morning after the game. He described himself as ‘a disgrace’ and said his actions were ‘inexcusable’.

Cawley said he had been too drunk to remember the incident, after downing cans of lager and three quarters of a litre of vodka before the match. His solicitor Elizabeth Anderton said: “He is shocked by his behaviour.”

He was issued with a six year Banning Order and has been banned from Leeds’ stadium for life. The FA is investigating the incident.