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There can be nothing but contempt and total condemnation for the low-life thug who invaded the pitch and caused bodily harm to the Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper, Chris Kirkland, on Friday. Apparently, the assailant has already been arrested by the police and in due course he will be prosecuted, and hopefully get a long prison sentence. Alternatively let them send him to Afghanistan for six months and then we'll find out how brave he is. Let us hope that the police act quickly and decisively, we don't want the matter taking months to get to court. However, there are many questions to be asked, which I am certain will form part of the FA's enquiry in the whole events of Friday night. I can understand Dave Jones' emotive reaction to the incident but his opinion would have carried more weight if his criticism had been more balanced. To describe all Leeds fans as "vile animals" was rather sweeping and he made no condemnation of his own club's fans who contributed to the whole thing with Istanbul chants, or the fact that Paddy Kenny was subject to personal abuse for the whole of the second half while playing in front of the Wednesday fans. As already stated, we will cooperate fully with the police and the home club to identify any law-breakers, but we have limited powers in the matter when the incident takes place under the supervision of another club and the local police. However, this does not excuse the behaviour of some so-called Leeds "supporters" who should be ashamed of themselves for their behaviour before a worldwide TV audience. What message does that give to our potential investors and commercial partners, including our club sponsor whose chairman watched the game live in Dubai? All the above, of course, completely overshadowed the magnif cent goal by Michael Tonge and the fact that the i 1-1 draw gave us a run of six unbeaten games and leave us just a few points behind the leaders. This year the Championship is a very even competition and we must concentrate on the points difference and ensure that we keep closing the gap. Tonight's game coincides with our Kick it Out night, the campaign against racism in football. It is even more apparent, given that our own Tom Lees was in Serbia fo the last 30 minutes of the game when the latest racial incident occurred. More of this is on Saturday, but meanwhile the Leeds United Ladies and Leeds United Ability Counts team are: the pitch this evening and both are supported by the Lk United Foundation. The club policy is zero tolerance ag^ racial abuse and if you are aware of any such behaviou you can text our fan alert system on 07946 362117. Our cominggeneration ofyoungplayers continue to progress. Tom Lees has made his second appearance for the England Under-21s last Tuesday, lac Thompson scored on his debut for Bury and Dominic Poleon hit the post in the same game. Meanwhile, our timingpartner Ebel Watches and Ogden ofHarrogate will be providing Aidy White with his Fastest Goal of the Month Award for September with his fourth-minute goal against Evertor This award runs for every month this season, so come c you guys: bang 'em in - and early! Last week was the annual Sportel conference in Monac: This is where media companies meet product companies (ie TV, radio, DVD and the like) to strike deals over sport rights. I was sitting in one of my lunchtime haunts when in walks this tall French guy, thick black hair, full beard, w~ surprisingly a white patch on the goatee part of the beanone other than the famous Eric Cantona. I tell him he i; a football legend and he remembered fondly his time a: Elland Road. The proposed investment saga continues. As has been often stated, there is a confidentiality agreement surrounding the negotiations with GFH but in reality it h in tatters because following the rumours in the Middle East, the Bahraini Regulatory Authority forced CFH to make a statement clarifying the situation. Unfortunately, this has had widespread repercussions