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VIDEO: Chris Kirkland reflects on own assault, reaches out to Grealish, calls for more action

Chris Kirkland has reflected on his own assault as well as reached out to Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish and called for more action to be taken following Sunday’s incident in the Second City derby.

Back in 2012, the shot-stopper saw Leeds ‘fan’, Aaron Cawley, assault him during a match after he had managed to leg it onto the pitch at Hillsborough. He went on to receive a 16-week jail sentence and a ban from football for six years after pleading guilty.

In an interview with Sky Sports News, Kirkland revealed that what happened at the weekend gave him and his family bad memories, he said: “I took my daughter to Liverpool and she got it up on her phone before I’d seen it.

“She went chalk white – she was shocked by what she was seeing.

“That is worse than the attack on me that is a proper punch. I don’t know what Jack’s going through. When it happened to me I was shocked. It wasn’t until after the final whistle that it hit me.”

Kirkland, now an assistant manager and goalkeeping coach of FA Women’s Super League club Liverpool Women, has reportedly reached out to Grealish and called for more action on pitch invaders.

He added: “I don’t get why people go to a game and do that. It’s just incredible. The FA and the clubs – the clubs in particularly – have to do something.

“We’ve got to try and stop it before something really, really serious happens.

“The fans that applauded him off the pitch [at Birmingham vs Villa] they deserve banning for me. They should be banned as well.

“Possibly we charge the club themselves. But would that stop the mindless idiots doing it? I don’t think you will.

“What example does fencing set to kids? You take your young kids to a game and you’re behind a fence – that is not right. That can’t happen.

“When you do that you should never go to a game again. If you’re going to a game with the intention to do something, you shouldn’t be there.”

Watch that 2012 incident along with what he had to say to Sky Sports in the video below…


Fans have since taken to Twitter to give their thoughts on what Chris Kirkland had to say along with a look back to the incident involving the keeper back in 2012 between Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds – find out what they had to say on the next page.


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