Leeds manager Neil Warnock reminisces about being attacked in his pants by 'livid' Sheffield Wednesday keeper Chris Kirkland

Posted by Chris Wright



A couple of Fridays ago, one moronic fan saw fit to drag his knuckles onto the pitch at Elland Road and clout Sheffield Wednesday 'keeper Chris Kirkland in the face after conceding a 77th-minute equaliser against Leeds.

The incident shocked and appalled almost all onlookers (the fan responsible has since been jailed for 16 weeks), except one. A lone voice amid a sea of outrage, Leeds manager Neil Warnock told a post-match interview that he thought Kirkland had "gone down easy."

As you may imagine, this didn't go down particularly easily with Kirkland himself - but we'll let Warnock take up the yarn from here, who used his weekly column in the Independent to explain what happened next:

"I didn't see the incident at the time. We'd just scored and I was trying to make sure my players got their focus back on the game as you are at your most vulnerable when you have scored. Our first thought on the bench was that Chris had been hit by a missile.

"Then one of our staff said he'd been hit by a fan but "it looked like he went down easy". When the match finished, TV wanted to interview me straight away and, like a fool, I actually repeated this when they asked me about the incident.

"I went back in the dressing room and immediately got a phone call from [my wife] Sharon. She said: "You can't say that about their goalie. The fan hit him. Have you seen it?" I had to admit I hadn't, so I asked our IT guy to find the incident on his computer - we record all matches as they happen.

"Then I had a shower, as I usually do after a match. I came out, saw the incident on the computer, and immediately realised the guy had really lunged at Chris and it was no wonder he went down. I thought I'd better get dressed and go and apologise to him.

"But as I was standing there in my briefs with a towel the door opened, a furious Chris Kirkland pushed his way in and grabbed hold of me. He's a big lad and but for the intervention of one or two of our staff he might have done something he regretted. But I honestly couldn't blame him. I'd have felt the same if it had been the other way around. I apologised to him unreservedly."

All's well that ends well! Best of luck trying to scrub the image of a freshly-showered Warnock glistening in nowt but a banana hammock from the very forefront of your minds.

(Via: Independent)

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