After Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp was assaulted by a fan at the end of their Championship play-off final second leg against Nottingham Forest, police have detained a guy.
As Sharp remained on the sidelines during a pitch invasion, television video showed a fan charging at him.
Forest triumphed 3-2 on penalties after a 3-3 deadlock in the first two matches.
“One foolish idiot spoiled what was an amazing night of football,” Sharp, 36, added.
“Congratulations to Nottingham Forest on their victory and good luck in the final,” he wrote on Twitter. As a former Forest player, I will not allow one jerk to tarnish my admiration for Forest supporters.
“I’m incredibly happy to captain this set of Sheffield United players; they gave it their best and deserve to be proud.”
Sharp required sutures, according to Blades boss Paul Heckingbottom, while Forest were “appalled.”
After the match at Forest’s City Ground, Heckingbottom said, “We’ve seen one of our players attacked.” “He’s shaken, hurting, and enraged.”
“Off the field, Bill was minding his own business, attempting to get our players away.” It was cowardly of him to be blindsided. He was thrown to the ground and needed sutures, and he was shaken up.”
The Football Association stated: “We are aware of the terrible incident that occurred following Nottingham Forest’s match against Sheffield United.
“We will conduct an urgent investigation into the issue and will collaborate with the clubs and necessary authorities to ensure that the proper procedures are taken.”
Following the event, Nottinghamshire police initiated an investigation.
Nottinghamshire Police Chief Inspector Paul Hennessy said: “In connection with this incident, a 31-year-old male was detained on suspicion of assault. Officers will question him while he is still in detention.
“Our investigation into the incident’s circumstances is still ongoing. We met with the player in question, and we’re working with both teams to help us with our inquiry.”
Sharp played on loan with Forest in the 2012-13 season, but was unable to play due to injury.
Forest said the offending fan would be banned for life in a statement.
They explained: “Nottingham Forest Football Club is outraged to learn that Billy Sharp, a former player, was assaulted as he exited The City Ground following tonight’s match.
“The club will engage with authorities to track down the offender so that they may be held accountable for their acts, which will include a lifetime ban from Nottingham Forest.
“The club also wishes to express its regret to Billy and Sheffield United Football Club.”
“How can you come to your place of employment and mind your own business and be abused in that fashion?” Heckingbottom said after the game to Sky Sports. It’s completely out of order and contains everything that is incorrect.
“You hear people criticising it all the time, yet nothing is done, and we are the ones who suffer.” It is sad for a variety of reasons, but it will be addressed.”
Former Forest defender and Sky Sports pundit Michael Dawson termed it a “utter disgrace.”
The UK’s football policing chief told the BBC in January that arrests at football events in the top five English leagues were at an all-time high, with fan disorder “growing worse.”