Billy Sharp attacked by Nottingham fan following the playoff semifinal

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Billy Sharp attacked by Nottingham fan following the playoff semifinal

Nottingham proceeded to the playoff final after they won on penalties against the Blades.However, following that one of the fans who invaded the pitch attacked Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp. Sharp was left needing stitches to treat the headbutt he received.

Nottinghamshire Police arrested a suspect and the chief inspector Paul Hennessy said: “A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault in connection with this incident. He remains in custody and will be questioned by officers.

“Our enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the incident are ongoing. We have spoken to the player concerned and we are working with both clubs who are supporting us with our investigation.”

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Paul Heckingbottom, Sheffield United manager, condemned the incident: “I watch every Monday Night Football, every Super Sunday, my time up in Scotland, there has been so many people talking about seeing things thrown on the pitch, fans invading the pitch, seeing things that put players’ health and safety in danger.

“We’ve seen it. We know what has happened. It’s bang out of order. We’re the ones that suffer. It’s upsetting for a lot of reasons.”

“Nottingham Forest Football Club are appalled to learn that our former player, Billy Sharp, was assaulted leaving the pitch after tonight’s match at The City Ground.

“The Club will work with the authorities to locate the individual in order they are held to account for their actions, which will include a life ban from Nottingham Forest.

“The Club would also like to apologise to Billy personally and to Sheffield United Football Club.”

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