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Derbyshire man charged over assault on Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp

A suspect has been charged in connection with an assault on the pitch after Nottingham Forest’s play-off victory.

It comes after a Sheffield United footballer was assaulted at the end of Tuesday night’s (17 May 2022) Championship semi-final second leg play-off clash at the City Ground.

An extensive police investigation was quickly launched following the incident which left the player requiring medical treatment.

Following enquiries, a man was arrested during the early hours of Wednesday (18 May 2022).

Assistant Chief Constable Rob Griffin, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “I am pleased we have now charged a suspect in connection with this assault. This is a result of hard work done throughout the night and today involving numerous police departments.

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“We continue to work closely with both football clubs who are supporting our investigation following this incident.

“Cases such as this will hopefully serve as a deterrent to anyone thinking of getting involved in violent disorder at football matches. Incidents are treated extremely seriously by the force and football clubs and people involved will be held to account.”

Robert Biggs, aged 30, of Derbyshire, has been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and going on to the playing area at a football match. He has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (Thursday 19 May 2022).

“We would urge people to please be mindful that criminal proceedings are active in this case. As such, posts and comments and sharing of video footage on social media could be held in contempt of court.”

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