Man charged with assault after goalkeeper attack

The hooligan who attacked former England goalkeeper Chris

Kirkland during a pitch invasion in a second-tier League

Championship match has been charged with assault by police.

A 21-year-old man, who has also been charged with entering the

field of play, was arrested Sunday – two days after he shoved

Kirkland in the face and to the ground amid violent scenes during

Sheffield Wednesday’s match against Leeds at Hillsborough.

The man, who was not identified, will appear at Sheffield

Magistrates’ Court later Monday.

The Football Association said Saturday an investigation has been

launched into the crowd trouble at the game, which also saw bottles

being thrown onto the pitch and offensive chanting from both sets

of fans.