This follows the attack during the Yorkshire derby on the weekend in which Adam Cawley invaded the pitch and was caught on camera by Sky Sports pushing Kirkland in the face. After pleading guilty to the assault Crawley was also fined £85 and issued with a 6 year banning order.
After the assault which was deemed “sickening” by fellow keeper Ben Foster it emerged that Cawley had been the subject of two previous football bans and was according to the Prosecutor Paul Macaulay “so drunk he was unable to remember the incident.”
Cawley, 21, who resides at home with his mother is a long standing Leeds United fan attending every game home and away and was unable to remember even being involved in the incident until he was later informed of his conduct.
In a strongly worded victim impact statement, Kirkland stated he felt “shocked, upset and angry, I think the man is a thug and should be caught and put in jail.” He also expressed his sadness that his family were at the game.
Action has also been taken by Leeds United for the incident which has been condemned throughout football, with the club stating that Cawley is “banned for life” yet expressed disappointment through their official spokesman that the sentence the thug received was not “considerably longer.”