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Men’s Football Man charged after Sharp knocked to ground at end of Forest-Blades play-off

EFL marred by more disorder as pitch invader barges into Mansfield's Jordan Bowery

A 30-YEAR-OLD man has been jailed for headbutting Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp at Tuesday’s Championship play-off semi-final second leg at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground.

Forest season ticket holder Robert Biggs, from Ilkeston, Derbyshire, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm which left Sharp requiring four stitches to a wound to his lip.

He was jailed today at Nottingham magistrates’ court for 24 weeks.

Prosecutor Marianne Connally said the incident was caught by cameras covering the Championship semi-final for live television.

Biggs appeared in court in custody and did not oppose an application for a football banning order during the hearing.

He was told that separate charge of illegally entering the playing surface had been dropped.

The EFL play-offs were marred by further crowd misbehaviour on Wednesday night as a pitch invader barged into Mansfield player Jordan Bowery during the League Two semi-final second leg at Northampton.

The man made his way onto the pitch towards the end of the match, which Mansfield won 1-0 to complete a 3-1 aggregate victory.

The individual was seen to barge into Bowery, who stayed on his feet, before Northampton players and stewards intervened and led the pitch invader off.

A flare was also thrown onto the pitch at the same point in the match as the pitch invasion.

No arrests have been made by Northamptonshire Police.


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