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Associated Press Published: October 20, 2012

LONDON (AP) — Police said they have identified the hooligan who attacked former England goalkeeper Chris Kirkland on the field during a second-tier League Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds.

The man has been named on social media sites but has yet to be arrested, having returned to the Leeds supporters' end after knocking Kirkland to the ground using both hands amid chaotic scenes in the game Friday at Hillsborough.

The Football Association said Saturday an investigation has been launched and it's awaiting the referee's report into the crowd trouble. Bottles were thrown onto the field, along with offensive chanting from both sets of fans.

"With the public's assistance we have clearly identified the offender, who is suspected of assaulting the Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper," said detective inspector Mark Monteiro, South Yorkshire Police's senior investigating officer, on Saturday. "We are dealing with the complaint made by the player and we are currently taking statements, collating evidence and making inquiries to locate and arrest the offender."

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