Billy Sharp attacked: 'Appalled' Nottingham Forest react after Sheffield United captain is headbutted by fan

Nottingham Forest have released a statement after footage emerged of Sheffield United skipper Billy Sharp being headbutted by a pitch invader after Tuesday night’s play-off semi-final at the City Ground.

Wednesday, 18th May 2022, 12:21 am

Sharp had to receive medical treatment after a Forest fan ran at him while he stood on the sidelines following the Blades’ penalty shoot-out defeat.

Thousands of supporters ran onto the pitch at the end of the match and one supporter headbutted Sharp, who is a former Forest player.

Upon seeing the footage, Forest issued a statement in which they condemned the fan and vowed to ‘locate the individual’.

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The short statement read: “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 Club will work with the authorities to locate the individual in order they are held to account for their actions, which will include a life ban from Nottingham Forest.

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

Nottingham Forest fans on the pitch after they reach the play off final during the Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-fina against Sheffield United. Zac Goodwin/PA Wire.