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Billy Sharp: Arrest made after Sheff Utd striker assaulted in play-off defeat

Tom Gott
Sharp was assaulted after the defeat
Sharp was assaulted after the defeat / James Williamson - AMA/GettyImages
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Nottinghamshire Police have confirmed they have arrested a man in connection with the assault on Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp after Tuesday's Championship play-off semi-final.

Sharp missed the game through injury but watched on from the sidelines as Nottingham Forest secured the victory, after which fans rushed on to the pitch to celebrate.

One supporter charged towards the dugout and appeared to headbutt Sharp, who was looking the other way at the time, leaving the 36-year-old needing stitches.

“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," said chief inspector Paul Hennessy

“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.”

Sharp himself took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to write: “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 the 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. We will be back and go again. Thanks for all your messages and support after the incident.”

Sheffield United manager Paul Heckingbottom called for a prison sentence to be handed out to the supporter in question, while Forest have promised they will issue a lifetime ban to the individual.

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