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

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

The stocky supporter in yellow escaped the celebrations to charge headfirst at Sharp who stood idly in the technical area of ​​the City Ground.

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

Mr Sharp, who previously played for Forest, needed stitches and the police arrested a 31-year-old man on suspicion of assault.

The footballer said this morning: “A stupid idiot has ruined what was an incredible night of football.

‘Congratulations to Nottingham Forest on their win and good luck in the final. As a former Forest player, I won’t let any bastard ruin my respect for Forest fans.

Sheffield United footballer Billy Sharp slams scumbag who headbutted him

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

1652886408 144 Sheffield United footballer Billy Sharp slams scumbag who headbutted him

1652886408 144 Sheffield United footballer Billy Sharp slams scumbag who headbutted him

Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp was tackled by a pitch invader after their play-off loss

Billy Sharp posted his take on Instagram this morning following the incident last night

Billy Sharp posted his take on Instagram this morning following the incident last night

Billy Sharp posted his take on Instagram this morning following the incident last night

“Incredibly proud to captain this group of Sheffield United players, they have given their all and can hold their heads high. We will be back and will be back. Thank you for all your messages and support after the incident.’

Forest have vowed a life ban on the man arrested for one of the most appalling attacks on a player ever seen on a football pitch.

Nottinghamshire Police 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 investigations into the circumstances surrounding the incident are ongoing. We have spoken to the player concerned and we are working with the two clubs who are supporting us in our investigation.

Sheffield United manager Paul Heckingbottom called for the fan to be jailed.

He said: ‘Billy was minding his own business and he was mugged, unawares. It was loose. Billy is shaken and he needs stitches. We have the pictures. We always see people talking about player safety, but nothing is ever done about it.

Last night’s incident happened on the same touchline where Forest’s top manager Brian Clough began slapping and punching fans who took part in a pitch invasion in 1989.

As fans poured onto the pitch to celebrate their penalty shootout victory, one of them ran towards Sharp

As fans poured onto the pitch to celebrate their penalty shootout victory, one of them ran towards Sharp

As fans poured onto the pitch to celebrate their penalty shootout victory, one of them ran towards Sharp

Sheffield United manager Paul Heckingbottom has been infuriated by the incident involving Sharp

Sheffield United manager Paul Heckingbottom has been infuriated by the incident involving Sharp

Sheffield United manager Paul Heckingbottom has been infuriated by the incident involving Sharp

These events spoiled what had been a fabulous semi-final, with Forest goalkeeper Brice Samba the hero of the penalty shootout.

Samba saved three of United’s efforts – including Morgan Gibbs-White’s decisive one – to set up a Wembley meeting with Huddersfield Town on May 29, with the winner sealing promotion to the Premier League.

It is the second night in a row that there have been problems in a play-off semi-final, after Luton boss Nathan Jones complained about the behavior of Huddersfield fans following his side’s defeat .

Sheffield United manager Paul Heckingbottom not only provided an update on Sharp, he was infuriated by the incident and made it known in his post-match interview.

“We see things thrown on the pitch and things that are thrown to put the health and safety of players at risk and nothing has ever been done about it.

“There will be something to do about it. We saw what happened, we know what happened. There is definitely a prison sentence.

“How can you come into a workplace minding your own business and be assaulted that way? »

“It’s just out of order and that’s all that’s wrong. Too often we hear people condemn it, but nothing is done about it. It is we who have suffered.

“It’s upsetting for many reasons – I don’t want to say too much about it. It will be processed.

Covering the match for Sky Sports, former Forest defender Michael Dawson condemned the incident saying: “It’s an absolute disgrace. »

Nottinghamshire Police said they were working alongside the two clubs after making their arrests.

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 investigations into the circumstances surrounding the incident are ongoing. We have spoken to the player concerned and we are working with the two clubs who are supporting us in our investigation.

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