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Sheffield United footballer Billy Sharp slams ‘scumbag’ who headbutted him in playoff pitch invasion

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Sheffield United footballer Billy Sharp slams ‘scumbag’ who headbutted the ex-Nottingham Forest star in playoff pitch invasion and says ‘one senseless fool ruined an unbelievable night time of soccer’

  • Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp was attacked by a pitch invader on the ultimate whistle
  • The striker was floored by a Nottingham Forest fan in amongst the celebrations
  • This morning he branded him a ‘scumbag’  and a ‘senseless fool’ in public submit 
  • It has been confirmed that the 36-year-old needed to obtain stitches after collision
  • Nottinghamshire Police have arrested a fan on suspicion of assault 
  • Are you aware who the arrested fan is? E-mail: dan.gross [email protected] 

Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp has branded the Nottingham Forest fan who headbutted him throughout a pitch invasion after the Championship play-off semi-final final night time a ‘scumbag’.

The stocky supporter in yellow broke away from the celebrations to cost headfirst into Sharp who was standing along with his arms crossed within the technical space on the Metropolis Floor.

Footage of the incident was captured stay on Sky Sports activities and exhibits Sharp being floored having not seen his attacker coming.

Mr Sharp, who beforehand performed for Forest, wanted stitches and police have arrested a person, 31,  on suspicion of assault.

The footballer mentioned this morning: ‘One senseless fool ruined what was an unbelievable night time of soccer.

‘Congratulations to Nottingham Forest on their victory and good luck within the ultimate. As an ex Forest participant I cannot let one scumbag smash my respect for the Forest followers.

Veteran striker Sharp had a spell with Nottingham Forest during the 2012-13 season

Veteran striker Sharp had a spell with Nottingham Forest throughout the 2012-13 season

Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp was attacked by a pitch invader after play-off defeat

Billy Sharp posted his views on Instagram this morning after the incident late last night

Billy Sharp posted his views on Instagram this morning after the incident late final night time

‘Extremely proud to be captain of this group of Sheffield United gamers, they gave their all and might maintain their heads up excessive. We shall be again and go once more. Thanks for all of your messages and assist after the incident.’  

Forest vowed to ban the arrested man for all times for probably the most appalling assaults on a participant ever seen on a soccer pitch. 

Nottinghamshire Police’s chief inspector Paul Hennessy mentioned: ‘A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault in reference to this incident. He stays in custody and shall be questioned by officers.

‘Our enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the incident are ongoing. Now we have spoken to the participant involved and we’re working with each golf equipment who’re supporting us with our investigation.’

Sheffield United supervisor Paul Heckingbottom has known as for the fan to be jailed.

He mentioned: ‘Billy was minding his personal enterprise and he was assaulted, blind-sided. It was cowardly. Billy is shaken up and he wanted stitches. Now we have the footage. We all the time see folks speaking about participant security however nothing is ever accomplished about it.’

The incident final night time was on the identical touchline the place Forest’s best supervisor Brian Clough famously started slapping and punching followers who took half in a pitch invasion in 1989. 

As fans spilled on to the pitch to celebrate their victory on penalties, one ran towards Sharp

As followers spilled on to the pitch to have a good time their victory on penalties, one ran in the direction of Sharp

Sheffield United manager Paul Heckingbottom was left furious by the incident involving Sharp

Sheffield United supervisor Paul Heckingbottom was left livid by the incident involving Sharp

These occasions soured what had been a wonderful semi-final, with Forest goalkeeper Brice Samba the hero within the penalty shoot-out.

Samba saved three of United’s efforts – together with the decisive one from Morgan Gibbs-White – to arrange a Wembley assembly with Huddersfield City on Could 29, with the winner sealing promotion to the Premier League.

That is the second night time in a row there have been issues at a play-off semi-final, after Luton boss Nathan Jones complained about Huddersfield followers’ behaviour after his facet’s defeat.

Sheffield United supervisor Paul Heckingbottom not solely supplied an replace on Sharp, however he was left livid by incident and made it recognized in his post-match interview.

‘We’re seeing issues thrown on the pitch and issues which might be thrown on placing gamers’ well being and security at risk and nothing’s ever accomplished about it.

‘There shall be one thing accomplished about that. We have seen what’s occurred, we all know what’s occurred. There is a jail sentence there surely.

‘How will you come to a workplace minding your personal enterprise and be assaulted in that style?

‘It is simply bang out of order and it is all the things that is mistaken. Too many instances we hear folks condemn it, however nothing’s accomplished about it. We are the ones that suffered.

‘It is upsetting for lots of causes – I do not need to say an excessive amount of extra about it. He’ll be handled.’

Protecting the sport for Sky Sports activities, former Forest defender Michael Dawson condemned the incident, saying: ‘That’s an absolute shame.’

Nottinghamshire Police mentioned they have been working alongside each golf equipment after making their arrest.

Chief inspector Paul Hennessy mentioned: ‘A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault in reference to this incident. He stays in custody and shall be questioned by officers.

‘Our enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the incident are ongoing. Now we have spoken to the participant involved and we’re working with each golf equipment who’re supporting us with our investigation.’

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