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Arrest after Sheffield United player assaulted on the pitch following play-off match

Police have arrested a man after a footballer was assaulted on the pitch at the end of last night’s Nottingham Forest versus Sheffield United Championship semi-final second leg play-off match.

Sheffield United footballer Billy Sharp was allegedly assaulted on the pitch at the end of last night’s Championship play-off semi-final against Nottingham Forest.

Nottingham Forest club statement: “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.”

Forest won their place in the Championship play-off final at Wembley despite losing 2-1 to Sheffield on the night. It ended 3-3 after extra-time, Forest won 3-2 on penalties amid scenes of celebration.

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An investigation was quickly launched following the incident at the City Ground and Nottinghamshire Police is continuing to liaise with both clubs as enquiries continue.

Chief Inspector 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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