Man jailed for headbutting Sheffield United captain during Championship playoff semi-final

A 30-year-old man has been jailed for headbutting Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp at Tuesday’s English Championship playoff semi-final second leg match at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground.

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

He was jailed at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Thursday for 24 weeks.

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

She told the court: “A large number of fans entered the field of play.

“Mr Sharp hadn’t directly participated in the game. He appears to be standing with his hands in his pockets.

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“Mr Biggs can be seen to run along the pitch. He then headbutts Mr Sharp.

“The Crown’s case is that this is a deliberate and senseless act of violence.”

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.(dpa/NAN)

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