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Man jailed for headbutting Sheffield United captain in play-off semi-finals

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

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

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

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Nottingham Forest fans celebrate on the pitch after reaching the play-off final (PA)

Prosecutor Marianne Connally said the incident was captured by cameras covering the championship semi-final on live television.

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

“Mr Sharp had not been directly involved in the game. He seems to be sitting with his hands in his pockets.

“Mr Biggs can be seen running around the field. 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 ban during the hearing.

He was told that the separate charge of trespassing on the playing surface had been dropped.

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