Man arrested after knocking over Sheffield United player


A man has been arrested after Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp was thrown to the ground in a fan invasion on the pitch after Nottingham Forest’s play-off win on Tuesday.

Forest earned a 3-2 penalty win over Sheffield United in the English Football League Championship promotion play-off thanks to three saves from goalkeeper Brice Samba on penalties.

Nottingham Forest fans stormed the field after the home win and Sharp was knocked out by a fan as part of the celebrations. You can see from the video above that the fan seemed to have their sights set on Sharp.

Nottinghamshire Police said a 31-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of assault and that an investigation into the alleged assault was ongoing.

Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp before the Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final, second leg match at the City Ground, Nottingham. A man has been arrested on suspicion of assault after Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp was allegedly assaulted as Nottingham Forest fans poured onto the pitch at the end of the Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final. Picture date: Tuesday May 17, 2022. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)

Sheffield United manager Paul Heckingbottom said after the game that what happened to Sharp was “cowardly” and that Sharp was “blind”. Nottingham Forest issued a statement after the game, saying they were “appalled” by what had happened to Sharp. The team said the fan would be banned from attending the team’s games for life and apologized to Sharp and Sheffield United.

Sheffield United went into the second leg of the tie two-legged, down on goals, winning 2-1 to send the play-offs to penalties. PK’s win for Nottingham Forest means they will play Huddersfield Town for a Premier League spot in the so-called richest game in the world on May 29.

A win over Huddersfield would propel Forest into the Premier League for the first time since 1998. Huddersfield Town last played in the Premier League in 2019. Fulham and Bournemouth took the top two spots in the Championship in 2021-22 to secure two of three promotion spots to the Premier League. The three teams promoted from the Championship will take the Premier League spots from Norwich City, Watford and one from Leeds, Burnley or Everton.

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