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Soccer fan jailed for four months following attack on goalkeeper

Soccer fan jailed for four months following attack on goalkeeper

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The lifetime Leeds supporter who punched an opposing goalkeeper in front of Sky Sports cameras is banned for life from Elland Road as violence continues in the world of soccer.

Over the past weekend there were multiple incidents of violence around the globe involving fans and the players and teams they support.

On Friday, a group of Dynamo Moscow fans raided the team's practice facility and shot paint balls at players, coaches and staff in protest of their slow start to the season. Two days later, a traveling Omonia Nicosia supporter tossed an explosive on to the pitch in a match against Anorthosis in Cyprus.

No one was seriously injured in either of those two instances, but unfortunately that couldn't be said for what happened in an English Championship game on Friday night.

In front of Sky Sports television cameras - and later viewed by over a million on YouTube - a soccer fan in the UK earned himself four months in jail after attacking a goalkeeper during between Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United.

Aaron Cawley, 21, pleaded guilty to assault and invading the pitch during the 1-1 draw after shoving Wednesday keeper Chris Kirkland in the face during the game at Hillsborough.

Kirkland had conceded a goal in the 76th minute before the attack took place.

Cawley, who sports a "LUFC" tattoo on his neck along with a Leeds United crest on his forearm, is what some may call a 'diehard fan.' But reports out of the UK suggest he was so drunk at the time that he doesn't remember committing the crime - let alone recall what happened during the match.

Cawley was hammered off a number of cans of Stella Artois lager on Friday morning, followed by three-quarters of a liter of vodka - all before he left for the game. Then he had seven to 10 bottles of hard cider.

On top of his 16-week sentence, Leeds United has banned the knucklehead from Elland Road for life. Cawley had probably always dreamed of being recognized by his favorite club, but he probably never thought the team's official website would give him the headline "Jailed Thug Banned For Life."

"We are pleased to see the matter dealt with by the courts so quickly. We note that he has been given a 16-week jail sentence and a five-year banning order," a team spokesman said.

"The club will also ban the individual for life from Elland Road when this banning order expires."


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