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LUFC What Can Leeds Expect From Fan Incident?

What can Leeds United expect from the incident that marred the game at Sheffield Wednesday on Friday night.

Leeds could be charged by the Football Association after a fan ran on the pitch during the clash at Sheffield Wednesday on Friday night and pushed their goalkeeper Chris Kirkland in the face.

Looking back at incidents over the last ten years in the Football League, then the most Leeds can expect is a fine but will the Football Association look to make an example of the club?

Two Birmingham City supporters in the Midlands derby against Aston Villa at St Andrews, confronted Villa goalkeeper Peter Enckelman in 2002, after his gaff gave Birmingham the lead.

Two fans were seen gesturing in front of the Villa goalkeeper following his gaff.

Birmingham were fined £25,000 for the incident whilst one of the fans was sentenced to four months in prison.

In 2003, Queens Park Rangers were fined £50,000 after a bottle was thrown at referee Andy Hall following their game with Crewe Alexandra when a fan also ran on the pitch to remonstrate with the official.

In 2005, a Stoke City supporter in the game at the Britannia Stadium attacked Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Simon Royce.

A tussle in the back of the goal ensued with players from both sides having to get involved to pull the duo apart.

Stoke City went unpunished for the incident whilst unbelievably Queens Park Rangers were fined for two players coming to the aid of Royce in the ensuing melee.

The supporter was sentenced to 164 days in prison.

In 2006, an FA Cup match between Newport County and Swansea City was stopped after fourth official Alan Sheffield was struck with a coin thrown from the crowd that saw the official requiring seven stitches.

The game was halted for eight minutes whilst Sheffield received treatment.

The incident occurred after Newport manager Peter Beadle was involved in an intense argument with referee Tony Bates. Beadle was fined £750 for the incident, whilst the club were ordered to pay £3,000 by the FAW.


In 2007, Tottenham Hotspur fan Timothy Smith was banned for three years from all football grounds and he was forced to pay £350 for aiming a punch at Chelsea player Frank Lampard following an FA Cup clash at White Hart Lane. Spurs banned the fan for life.

The FA did not charge Tottenham for the incident after studying video footage of the incident.

Leeds have also been on the receiving end in recent years following a Johnstone`s Paint Trophy tie at Carlisle United.

Carlisle fans invaded the pitch after their penalty shoot-out win over Leeds in 2010.

Leeds claimed that three players were struck including Robert Snodgrass and Shane Lowry

Carlisle were not charged for the incident.

Crystal Palace defender Clint Hill was assaulted at the end of the game between Sheffield Wednesday and Palace at Hillsborough on the final day of the season in 2010.

Fans from both clubs invaded the pitch at the final whistle with Hill claiming Wednesday supporters struck him.

Neither club were charged for the incident.

At the end of the same season, York City players were forced to take cover in the stands at Luton Town after fans invaded the pitch after York had won the Blue Square Conference play-off clash at Kenilworth Road.

Luton fans pelted the York City players with missiles as the players took cover in the away end for over 20 minutes before Police restored order.

One Luton fan Anders Johansen, of Drobak, Norway was sentenced to ten months in prison for his part in the disorder whilst Luton Town went unpunished.


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Writer:Dazza71
Date:Sunday October 21 2012
Time: 11:25AM

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