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Nottingham Forest could play first Premier League game behind closed doors after Billy Sharp attack

REVEALED: Nottingham Forest could be forced to play their first Premier League game this century behind closed doors after a ‘scum’ fan headbutted Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp on the pitch

  • Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp was attacked by a pitch invader at the final whistle
  • The striker was brought down by a Nottingham Forest fan amid the celebrations.
  • This morning he called him a ‘scum’ and a ‘senseless fool’ in a public publication
  • It has been confirmed that the 36-year-old man had to receive stitches after the collision.
  • Forest could already play their first Premier League behind closed doors
  • Nottinghamshire Police have arrested a fan on suspicion of assault
  • Do you know who the arrested fan is? Email: dan.sales@mailonline.co.uk

Nottingham Forest face the prospect of playing their first Premier League game this century behind closed doors after a fan attacked Sheffield United's Billy Sharp.

Nottingham Forest face the prospect of playing their first Premier League game this century behind closed doors after a fan attacked Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp.

Nottingham Forest face the prospect of playing their first Premier League game this century behind closed doors after a fan attacked Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp at the City Ground.

The FA opened an investigation after Forest’s victory on penalties on Tuesday, which set up a meeting with Huddersfield Town in the Championship play-off final on 29 May, was overshadowed by what happened in the moments after the end of the match.

A man was arrested on suspicion of assault in connection with the incident.

Forest confirmed the attacker would be banned for life and apologized to Sheffield United, but they are preparing for significant punishment.

After Jack Grealish, then at Aston Villa, was beaten by a fan who entered the pitch during a match in Birmingham in March 2019, the FA warned clubs it would increase penalties for such incidents.

Martin Glenn, chief executive of the FA at the time, wrote: ‘The Football Association has the powers to take disciplinary action for spectators or unauthorized persons trespassing on playing areas.

“In addition, we will investigate what other actions may be necessary to ensure compliance with the obligations and protection for all.”

The Sheffield United striker (bottom left) was attacked by a pitch invader after the play-off defeat.

The Sheffield United striker (bottom left) was attacked by a pitch invader after the play-off defeat.

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

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

Under the FA’s E20b rule, clubs can face anything from a warning to stadium closure and possible points deduction if they are found guilty of failing to take appropriate action.

Birmingham was fined £42,500 for the Grealish incident and warned of his future conduct.

As in Huddersfield the night before, Forest fans entered the pitch as Brice Samba saved Morgan Gibbs-White’s deciding penalty to send Forest to Wembley, while Forest and United supporters threw flares into the pitch. .

Promotion would put Forest in the top flight for the first time since 1999.

An FA spokesman said: “We are aware of the very serious incident that took place after the match between Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United.

As fans poured onto the pitch to celebrate his victory on penalties, one ran towards Sharp.

As fans poured onto the pitch to celebrate his victory on penalties, one ran towards Sharp.

Sheffield United manager Paul Heckingbottom was furious over the incident involving Sharp

Sheffield United manager Paul Heckingbottom was furious over the incident involving Sharp

“We will urgently investigate the incident and work together with the relevant clubs and authorities to ensure appropriate action is taken.”

The Professional Footballers’ Association added in a statement: “We are shocked and dismayed by a fan’s wanton assault on Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp.

‘The football pitch is a workplace for our members. This is one of a growing number of incidents this season.

“Matchday security and fan disorder needs to be reviewed ahead of next season and we will increase player security with clubs, leagues and the UK Football Surveillance Unit.”

‘There is no place in football for this behaviour. We recognize that Stewards and Police have a very difficult job, a suspect has been arrested and Nottingham Forest has confirmed that the offender will be banned for life.

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