Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland has likened his clash with a Leeds United fan on Friday night to being 'hit by a baseball bat' and has revealed his shock at the incident.
Kirkland was attacked by a pitch invader after Michael Tonge had scored to draw Leeds level at Hillsborough, and required treatment before he was able to continue.
Leeds boss Neil Warnock said he was 'not proud' to be the club's manager following the incident, and there have been calls for the perpetrator to be banned from football matches for life.
Dave Jones, Wednesday manager, was furious at the final whistle after witnessing the clash, and having to endure six taunts from the travelling support for the majority of the game.
Kirkland has now spoken out about the attack for the first time, and has revealed his shock at the clash with the fan that knocked him to the ground.
“I am OK now, but I was really shocked at the time," Kirkland said, as reported by The People.
“I was gutted at losing the goal – I had kicked the ball away and was deflated. Out of the corner of my eye I saw this Leeds fan coming towards me.
“I thought he was going to give me some abuse. Then he laid right into me. It felt like I had been hit by a baseball bat. He caught me a cracker.
“Then I am on the floor and thinking, ‘Has that really just happened?’
“The game went on and at the final whistle the adrenaline drained away and the emotions came out."