By FRANCO PANIZO
The Leeds United fan who assaulted Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland this past weekend will spend the next few months behind bars.
Aaron Crawley, a 21-year-old Leeds fan, has been jailed four months after pleading guilty to assault and entering the field of play during Friday’s game between the Whites and Sheffield Wednesday. Crawley was arrested Sunday after he notified officials that he was the man who aggressively shoved Kirkland in the facing before running back into the stands during the second half of the match.
Crawley, who has been given a lifetime ban by Leeds, said he did not remember attacking Kirkland until he saw replays of it on television due to the amount of alcohol he consumed prior to the match. Crawley told police officials he had several cans of lager, three-quarters of a litre bottle of vodka and seven to ten pints of cider.
Crawley has had other incidences of unruly fan behavior in his past.
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