This sort of incident is extremely rare in the English game, unlike other European countries, fans are "trusted" not to encourage onto the pitch due to safety reasons, and fans aren't fenced off from the pitch. Which is one of the reasons why this incident had outraged 99% of English football fans, regardless of their club loyalty. However it is what happened next in the virtual world that really intrigues.
Within minutes the incident had made headlines on news media websites, not just the sports pages, but the main news, which displayed pictures of the incident and a close up picture of the culprit. Even before the final whistle had blown at the match, comments on these media websites and within football forums had placed claim to the culprits identity, along with links to the culprit's Facebook page, which had no privacy set, and to a twitter account in the culprits name.