Aaron Cawley has become the face of football thuggery in the past week.
The drunken moron has been jailed for 16 weeks after running on to the field at Hillsbrough to king-hit Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland.
The club has condemned Cawley and called on supporters to clean up their act - and turn their backs when they hear "vile" chants.
It might have worked in Leeds' favour had those same fans not turned a blind eye to Cawley when he returned to the fold after attacking Kirkland.
Photographs show they looked positively delighted to see the former England stopper on the deck receiving medical treatment. And we are not talking about one or two here, we are talking about most fans in the pen behind the goal.
It rather makes a nonsense of chairman Ken Bates' assertion that "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".
Cawley, 21, a former Leeds mascot, has been banned twice before for his behaviour and he has used the time-honoured excuse that he was too drunk to remember what he did.
He was probably too drunk to remember posting on his Facebook page that it was "hardly the crime of the century".
Uefa has charged both England and Serbia over the end-of-match scenes in Krusevac following their under-21 clash last week. Serbia maintains it did nothing wrong. The You-tube video suggests otherwise.
I had to laugh at the ESPN commentator who suggested something along the lines of fans would be gripping their seat as Manchester United fought back to lead Braga 3-2.
By the 90-minute mark half the Old Trafford stands were empty. Is getting to your car or bus so important?
One I missed earlier this month - Helmut Haller, who opened the scoring for West Germany in the 1966 World Cup final has died aged 73 . . . Burnley's Charlie Austin has become the first player to score in eight successive matches for the club since Ray Pointer more than 50 years ago . . . Southampton are interested in Spurs defender Michael Dawson.
Arsenal have written off £5.5 million in their accounts to cover the wages of Park Chu-young . . . who played for about 10 minutes before being loaned to Celta Vigo. Alan Curbishley and Mick McCarthy are on a 30-plus list of potential candidates for the Ipswich job after Paul Jewell jumped this week.
The Tractor Boys are propping up the Championship while rival Norwich dine out on a home win over Arsenal. Blackburn's top job is also unfilled.
Shinji Kagawa could face a late fitness test ahead of Manchester United's trip to Chelsea.
United are already limited on the goalkeeping front and will have 19-year-old Sam Johnstone on the bench.
Chelsea are likely to be without Frank Lampard, whose calf injury flared up during the midweek loss to Shakhtar Donetsk.
Crystal Palace boss Doug Freedman has clinched the Bolton job. There is speculation Steve Coppell, director of football at Crawley, could return to Selhurst Park where he has held the top job four times already.
Emmanuel Adebayor is unhappy with life on the bench at Spurs . . . Former Fulham and West Ham midfielder Papa Bouba Diop has signed for Birmingham . . . Thomas Hitzlsperger has a short-term contract at Everton.
On the move
Loan, Angelo Balanta QPR-MK Dons, Troy Hewitt QPR-Bury, Jack Munns Spurs-Aldershot.
England, Aston Villa v Norwich, Arsenal v QPR, Reading v Fulham, Stoke v Sunderland, Wigan v West Ham, Man C v Swansea. Sunday, Everton v Liverpool, Newcastle v West Brom, Southampton v Spurs, Chelsea v Man Utd.
Scotland Overnight, Motherwell v Hibs. Saturday, Aberdeen v Dundee, Celtic v Kilmarnock, Hearts v Ross County, Inverness v St Johnstone, St Mirren v Dundee Utd.
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