Leeds United lunatic and unemployed labourer Aaron Cawley was jailed for 16 weeks today at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court after attacking Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland during a live TV match on Friday.
Cawley, who the court heard had been the subject of two football banning orders which he had breached four times, was quickly identified on Twitter and even had his mobile number banded around the social network.
Wearing a blue t-shirt in the dock, his “LUFC” neck tattoo was clearly visible, as was the Leeds United club crest on his right arm. The court was told that he lived with his mother in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire and never missed a Leeds game – home or away.
Cawley told police he was so drunk he could not remember the incident after consuming number of cans of Stella Artois that morning, followed by three-quarters of a litre of vodka.
He then travelled to Sheffield by train. Once in the city, he reportedly got through a further seven to 10 pints of cider.
Apparently Cawley only realised what he had done when other people told him and after seeing himself on TV. He emailed the police to say sorry and also emailed Sky Sports in the hope that his apology would be passed on to the two clubs and Kirkland.
Predictably Aaron has been banned for life by his beloved Leeds United. Speaking outside the court today club chairman Ken Bates declared:
The idiot who ran on the pitch better not go anywhere near Elland Road again. There are a lot of people angered by what he did.
Watch a video of the incident below:
Many are querying the length of the sentence handed to Cawley, with comparisons being made to Trenton Oldfield who was jailed for six months following his disruption of this year’s University Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge.
Cawley was also ordered to pay £85 costs and was told to expect another banning order.
Watch the much-discussed post-match manager interviews too: