Billy Sharp slams 'scumbag' pitch invader who headbutted him and left Sheff Utd star needing stitches

BILLY SHARP has slammed the "scumbag" Nottingham Forest fan whoheadbutted him last night.

The Sheffield United ace was viciously attacked pitch-side in the wake of Forest's Championship play-off semi win last night.


The thug fan was seen charging towards Sharp before brutally headbutting him.

And a club spokesperson confirmed to media that Sharp was left needing stitches after the disgusting incident.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of assault following the incident.

And Sharp has now had his say on social media.

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The ace said: "One mindless idiot ruined what was an unbelievable night of football.

"Congratulations to Nottingham Forest on their victory and good luck in the final.

"As an ex-Forest player I will not let one scumbag ruin my respect for Forest fans.

"Incredibly proud to be captain of this group of Sheffield United players, they gave their all and can hold their heads up high.

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"We will be back and go again. Thanks for all your messages and support after the incident."

Blades boss Paul Heckingbottom said last night: "It's assault. We've seen one of our players attacked.

"He's shook up, bleeding, angry. It'll be dealt with."

Heckingbottom added: “We’re seeing things thrown on the pitch and things that are thrown on putting players’ health and safety in danger and nothing’s ever done about it.

There's a prison sentence, there without a doubt

“There will be something done about that. We’ve seen what’s happened, we know what’s happened. There’s a prison sentence there, without a doubt.

“How can you come to a place of work minding your own business and be assaulted in that fashion?

“It’s just bang out of order and it’s everything that’s wrong. Too many times we hear people condemn it, but nothing’s done about it. We’re the ones that suffered.

“It’s upsetting for a lot of reasons – I don’t want to say too much more about it. He’ll be dealt with.”

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Paul Hennessy of Nottinghamshire Police 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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