Steve Bruce slams Yorkshire derby kick-off time

Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris KirklandHull City manager Steve Bruce has slammed the decision to play the Yorkshire derby between Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United on a Friday night.

The Championship game, which ended 1-1, was marred by a Leeds fan running on to the Hillsborough pitch and punching Wednesday keeper Chris Kirkland in the face, leaving him needing extensive medical treatment.

And Bruce believes derby games such as the Yorkshire one must have a morning kick-off in order to prevent such incidents happening again.

He told TalkSport: “This is a bigger issue to me than the racist chants. If he had something in his hand, is he capable of using it?

“Unfortunately we’ve still got that. I was involved in the Birmingham derby, a night game on a Friday night, and maybe the authorities will look at that and think they should do what they did with the Crystal Palace and Millwall game on Saturday and have an early morning kick-off.

“Newcastle against Sunderland is always an early kick-off because obviously when it’s a night game people can go on the loopy juice and unfortunately affect the game.”

Meanwhile, a man today was charged with assault and entering the field of play after Kirkland was attacked on Friday night. Aaron Cawley, 21, who was previously banned from football grounds for three years, will appear at Sheffield Magistrates Court on Monday.

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