Sky Sports' billboard featuring Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp is defaced - after being put up close to rivals Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium

A Sky Sports billboard showing Sheffield United skipper Billy Sharp, erected less than half a mile from Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium, has been defaced.

Tuesday, 30th July 2019, 11:02 am
Updated Tuesday, 30th July 2019, 11:08 am
United skipper Billy Sharp

After The Star highlighted the billboard – and its location – yesterday, Sharp’s face has since been painted over. His red-and-white shirt, and the Premier League logo, are still visible.

Twitter user Matt1889 shared a photo of the damage online, adding: “The only thing better than having your club legend Billy Sharp advertise the new Premier League season in your little brother’s back yard, is them throwing a tantrum about it. Glorious.”

The billboard is on Halifax Road, just half a mile from Hillsborough stadium.

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United fans took great delight in the placement. One, Dean Jackson, said: “That’s got to hurt! Looks like Sky subscription is going to take a nose dive in S6!” while David Tuttle added: “That's just bang near my work – so will wind Wednesdayites up going into work!”

Luke Flowers said: “Once a Blade, always a Blade! Love that billboard!”

A similar poster, featuring Owls goalkeeper Keiren Westwood, has also been spotted on Broad Lane, on the outskirts of the city centre.