There were shameful scenes after Sheffield United lost to Nottingham Forest in their league semi-finals.
Forest booked their place in the final at Wembley in a fierce penalty shootout.
Brice Samba’s stoppage to deny that Morgan Gibbs-White won the tie and it sparked a quick pitch invasion from thousands of Forest fans.
The celebrations were largely held in high spirits, however, there were some unsavory scenes in the Blades technical area as substitute Sharp, a former Forest player, was taken down by a man charging at him.
Sheffield United boss Paul Heckingbottom said: “It’s an assault. We saw one of our players attacked.
“He is shaken, bleeding, angry. It will be processed. »
Meanwhile, Nottingham Forest said in a statement: “Nottingham Forest Football Club is dismayed to learn that our former player, Billy Sharp, was assaulted while leaving the pitch after tonight’s game at the City Ground.
The club will work with the authorities to locate the individual so they can be held accountable for their actions, which will include a lifetime ban from Nottingham Forest. The club would also like to personally apologize to Billy and Sheffield United Football Club.
Forest fan headbutts Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp pic.twitter.com/vQ98GP4YNu
— Football Fights (@footbalIfights) May 17, 2022
The vile attack on Sharp didn’t sit well with talkSPORT hosts Jamie O’Hara and Jason Cundy, who want the author to have the book thrown at him.
O’Hara said on The Sports Bar: ‘This is a disgusting incident. We talked about it before we even saw the incident and that’s what we’re talking about. It’s dangerous, it’s shocking and it has to stop.
“Pitch invasions have to stop because something like this is going to happen and it has happened.”
Cundy added: “First of all I hope Billy Sharp is okay, shocking shocking pictures. The dude is running towards him at full speed, he’s a big boy and Billy Sharp doesn’t see it coming.
“It’s an attack. At worst it’s a body burden, it’s nice, it looks like a headbutt.
“It’s a shameful thing to see, it shocked me to see that. It’s a prison sentence right there, that’s how I see it. It’s an assault.
“He has a lot of problems this guy.”
Cundy later added, “He doesn’t see it coming, he’s relaxed, he turns his head and this thug – that’s a big fat thing too – puts his big bald head right in Billy Sharp’s face to the beat.”
Thankfully, it appears Sharp is making a full recovery from the incident, but O’Hara hopes authorities will take the necessary steps to ensure an incident like this doesn’t happen again.
O’Hara said: “That’s what annoys me about English culture, something doesn’t get done until it’s too late. We react to an incident that occurs but it must be stopped immediately.
“It’s the worst attack I’ve seen on a football pitch. It’s shocking.