Fan attacks Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper


SHEFFIELD, England (AP) - Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland was assaulted by a fan who ran onto the field during a match against Leeds on Friday.

After Kirkland allowed a goal in the 77th minute in the 1-1 draw in the Yorkshire derby, the man ran onto the field from the Leeds' section of the crowd and struck the former England national team goalkeeper in the face, sending him to the ground. Kirkland received treatment and remained in the game.

The fan returned to the stands while trouble continued around him, with a number of other visiting supporters running on and off the field and stewards struggling to contain them.

"I felt embarrassed to be a manager when I saw that. I thought it was an absolute disgrace," Leeds manager Neil Warnock said. "I think they should get the guy and prosecute him and put him in prison."

South Yorkshire Police said they were working with the clubs "to identify and quickly bring to justice the persons responsible."

Bottles also were thrown onto the field from the visitor's end during the game, and Wednesday manager Dave Jones was taunted with songs about criminal charges against him that were dropped in 2000.

"They are vile animals," said Jones, who condemned Warnock and Leeds' players for applauding the away fans after the match.

"He's sore," Jones said about Kirkland. "If he'd have stayed down, I wonder what would have happened. I have an ill goalkeeper. They should be punished."


BERLIN (AP) - Lasse Sobiech on a header off a corner kick 3 minutes into injury time to give Greuther Fuerth a 3-3 tie at Hoffenheim on Friday in the Bundesliga's 15,000th match.

Sobiech tied it after Joselu gave Hoffenheim the lead in the 89th minute with his second goal.

"My lads showed great spirit to come back three times," Fuerth coach Mike Bueskens said.

Fabian Johnson, who missed a pair of U.S. World Cup qualifiers in the last week because of flu, played the entire way for Hoffenheim.

Robert Firmino opened the scoring in the eighth minute for Hoffenheim, and Zoltan Stieber tied it in the 39th. Kevin Volland held off three Fuerth players to set up Joselu's first goal in the 67th, and Edgar Prib drew Fuerth even in the 84th.

"It was a great game for the fans. Unfortunately, we didn't manage to close the deal," Hoffenheim coach Markus Babbel said.

On Saturday, defending champion Borussia Dortmund hosts local rival Schalke in the Ruhr derby, while Bayern Munich faces Fortuna Duesseldorf in a bid for its eighth straight victory.


PARIS (AP) - Marko Basa scored off a free kick 3 minutes into injury time for visiting Lille in a 1-1 draw at Bordeaux that prevented the home side from moving into second place in the French league.

Midfielder Ludovic Obraniak, who set up Poland's equalizer in Wednesday's 1-1 draw with England, scored in the 20th minute on a header for Bordeaux

Bordeaux remained fourth, a point behind second-place Paris Saint-Germain and four behind leader Marseille.

PSG hosts Reims on Saturday, and Marseille is at last-place Troyes on Sunday.

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