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The Leeds United supporter who fell from the upper tier of Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night is a football hooligan who was jailed for punching a former England goalkeeper in 2012, Mail Sport can reveal.
Aaron Cawley, 33, was jailed for four months and banned from playing football for six years after running onto the pitch and attacking then Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland during a televised match in 2012.
Mail Sport understands Cawley is recovering in hospital after the fall, which occurred as Leeds fans celebrated Mateo Joseph’s first goal.
Cawley’s banning order was lifted in 2016 after he lodged a successful appeal.
Leeds United have confirmed that Cawley remains excluded from matches by the club following the incident, but were unable to confirm the name of the fallen fan due to patient confidentiality.
Leeds fan Aaron Cawley, 33, fell from the upper level of Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
The incident occurred as Leeds fans celebrated their first goal at Stamford Bridge.
Cawley was jailed for four months and banned from football for six years after punching Chris Kirkland in 2012.
Cawley was seen celebrating on the pitch at Leeds United’s match in Norwich after his ban was lifted following an appeal in 2016.
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Despite his club’s ban, Cawley was seen on television cameras at a Leeds match in 2016, hugging defender Pontus Jansson after he scored the equalizing goal against Norwich.
Cawley had already been banned from playing football for three years when he was 16 for violence.
The 33-year-old was among the away fans attending Leeds United’s FA Cup fifth round match against Chelsea on Wednesday night.
He fell into a group of fans on the lower level, which also contained thousands of visiting fans.
Medical personnel rushed to the scene and took Cawley to a nearby hospital after removing him from the ground.
Chelsea eventually recorded a 3-2 victory over Leeds United to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, with the match being the last of a fierce rivalry formed between the two teams over 50 years ago.