'Abhorrent': Football world shocked as 'appalling' attack mars win

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·Sports Reporter
·4-min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
A Nottingham Forest fan (pictured right in yellow) allegedly assaulting Sheffield United player Billy Sharpe and (pictured left) fans storm the field after Forest defeated Sheffield United.
A Nottingham Forest fan (pictured right in yellow) allegedly attacked Sheffield United player Billy Sharpe after fans stormed the field to celebrate the team's win. (Images: Getty Images/Twitter)

Football fans watched in horror as a dream moment for Nottingham Forest turned into a nightmare as a fan allegedly attacked an opposing player as supporters streamed onto the field to celebrate the team's win.

Nottingham Forest fans spilled on to the pitch at the end of the Championship playoff semi-final penalty shoot-out win against Sheffield United.

'HUGE COURAGE': Football world erupts over gay teen's brave act

CONCERNING': Football world shocked by 'sickening' incident

Sheffield's captain Billy Sharpe was sidelined for the second-leg and was with the coaching staff on the edge of the technical area during the penalties.

Forest secured a dramatic 3-2 penalty shootout victory following a 3-3 aggregate draw, which sparked a pitch invasion at the City Ground.

And in ugly scenes, a Forest fan allegedly ran up to Sharpe and headbutted him in the face.

The shocking footage was picked up during the broadcast.

"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," Nottinghamshire Police's chief inspector Paul Hennessy said.

"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."

Sheffield United boss Paul Heckingbottom let rip at the alleged attack.

"He's shook up, bleeding, angry," Heckingbottom said.

"Bill was minding his own business off the pitch, trying to get our players away. He was blindsided, it was cowardly. He was knocked to the ground (and required) stitches, he was shook up."

Football world blasts cowardly attack

Forest have condemned the incident and say the offender will be subject to "a life ban" from the club.

"Nottingham Forest Football Club are appalled to learn that our former player, Billy Sharp, was assaulted leaving the pitch after tonight's match at the City Ground," the statement added.

"The club would also like to apologise to Billy personally and to Sheffield United Football Club."

Fans jumped on social media to blast the disgusting act.

On the field, there was insane drama in the Championship.

The Blades had dragged themselves back into the tie after losing the first leg 2-1 and trailing on the night to Brennan Johnson's opener.

Second-half goals from Morgan Gibbs-White and John Fleck took it to extra time and after another 30 minutes and still 3-3 on aggregate, Congolese goalkeeper Brice Samba denied Oliver Norwood, Conor Hourihane and Gibbs-White in the shootout to send Forest through to a showdown against Huddersfield at Wembley Stadium on Sunday May 29.

Nottingham Forest players (pictured) celebrate getting to the play off final during the Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final, second leg match at the City Ground, Nottingham.
Nottingham Forest players (pictured) celebrate getting to the play off final during the Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final, second leg match at the City Ground, Nottingham. (Photo by Zac Goodwin/PA Images via Getty Images)

Forest, bottom of the second tier after seven games when Steve Cooper took charge in September, are now just one win away from a return to the top-flight after a 23-year absence.

"I would have loved to have won the game 3-1 and walked off but the fact we've done it like we have means we're more tooled up now to go to the final," Cooper said.

"I promise you I will work even harder than I've worked to get this. No days off, I'll be the first one at the training ground (on Wednesday) and we'll be ready.

with AAP

Click here to sign up to our newsletter for all the latest and breaking stories from Australia and around the world.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting