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FIJIBOYFIJI

>If the attacker is shown to have been a Forest supporter, the club will also face punishment from the Football Association. Hardly going to be a United fan who assaulted our best player, club legend and captain is it


Lenyngrad

probably a leeds fan


champ19nz

Hear it was a Wealdstone fan.


MissingLink101

You want some or what?!


CollSham

If you want some I'll give it ya


wontonbomb

I get you're joking, but Sharp was actually well liked during his short spell with us and is still warmly regarded as far as I'm aware.


kirkbywool

From the comments I've read he was at forest as well


wake-and-work

I worked in football security for 12 years including big stadiums lower leagues and have never seen it this bad. Seems like it happens in half of the games these days. Do people eventually want nets and barriers etc because that's how you get them


Just_an_Empath

And these were "happy" invaders. They ran up the pitch to celebrate. Now imagine a malicious mob invading the pitch like this.


VeryBadflower

Full on South American style


L-Freeze

Not really, we don’t get pitch invasions anymore since we set up actual security in stadiums. Seems like Europeans just realised how easy it is to pitch invade some decades later and are going down the exact same path


CoolstorySteve

75% of them are kids with their phones out. Gotta get the social media clips


MissingLink101

Or get in front of the cameras like the kid who grabbed it during the team celebrations after the shootout. Gotta steal that attention!


eunderscore

Kids see the Ronaldo slap and want a payday


Soren_Camus1905

We need to get Cloughie back and send him out after them


B23vital

Thats the issue, once one person does it and the consequences tend to be weak others follow suit. Even if the consequences arent that weak you still get idiots copying them. Ive seen ample pitch invasions in my lifetime that have gone down absolutely fine, players being lifted onto shoulders, celebrations etc. As you said its never seemed to be worse, and i its down to the absolute weakness of any actions. Ive seen grealish assaulted (few seasons ago) ive seen kienan davis assaulted, and ive seen bottles and other stuff thrown at matty cash (this season). Whats the outcomes for this? These people should all be given lifetime bans from ALL grounds. It shouldnt just be a fine and at best a club lifetime ban. They should come down hard on these people and they don’t. Nothing will change when these people are seen to get away with it.


English_Misfit

There will never be nets or barriers in English football. Never going to happen. The closest you'll get is what they did at the euros at Wembley but nets aren't happening it's probably the only thing every fan can agree on.


hambodpm

Tbf its irrelevant what fans agree on, if the authorities have a differing view.


English_Misfit

Yh and whens the last time they forced something that big on football fans? The beer ban? Even then there's the pointless compromise of allowing it on the concourse.


hambodpm

But when was the last time there was a security concern as big as this? Few more players getting attacked and it might force their hand.


wake-and-work

Yeah I don't see it anytime soon or want it but if it does get worse then it may have to but they will try other methods first


AimHere

No way will there be barriers. The word 'Hillsborough' is going to stop any talk of barriers dead in it's tracks. The pitch is the main emergency exit for when things go horribly wrong in the stands, and if it means that it's a headache to steward, so be it.


YoungDumbNFullOfKun

>and if it means that it's a headache to steward, so be it. But it's not that straight forward, is it? If we're talking about steps needing to be taken to ensure the safety of the players and other professionals then the solution isn't going to be to ask stewards to up their game because they're always going to be vastly outnumbered and it will end up posing a threat to them. I get what you're saying about barriers but, unfortunately, if these incidents continue to happen then pretty drastic measures will end up needing to take place.


AimHere

The drastic measures will be more likely enforced stand closures or games without fans - measures that don't run the risk of causing mass casualty disasters (or turning ~50-death disasters into ~500-death disasters, as would surely have been the case if there were fences up at Bradford City in '85). Also how much of this worry about pitch invasions will subside in a few weeks? I'm guessing that there's more pitch invasions than usual because of the end-of-season where there's a lot of super-important games.


SoccerSummary

**5 Sentences Summary :** * Talks are to be held over punishing pitch invasions with stadium closures after a "Scumbag" fan headbutted Billy Sharp at the end of the Championship play-off semi-final between Sheffield United and Nottingham Forest. * A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting United captain Sharp, who required stitches after the attack by an apparent Forest supporter following the latter's dramatic win on penalties. * If the attacker is shown to have been a Forest supporter, the club will also face punishment from the Football Association. * " Tuesday's attack occurred as Forest fans invaded the pitch to celebrate their victory over United, which secured their first trip to Wembley in over 30 years. * Forest released a statement after the match, which said: "Nottingham Forest Football Club are appalled to learn that our former player, Billy Sharp, was assaulted leaving the pitch after tonight's match at The City Ground. *reduced by 72%, powered by smmry.com*


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Cottonshopeburnfoot

Probably a very good way of stopping this problem. If the rule was already in place and it had meant either no Forest fans at Wembley or stadium closure for what could be their first Premier League home fixture, none of this would have happened.


whateverdogger

Pitch invaders need to be permanently banned. Same for parents of kids AND kids themselves that do it more than once. Most of them let and even incentivise them to do it. It's fucking selfish and ruins it for everybody else. All that for a few seconds of "fame" (for losers) on TV and the internet. No sympathy for these motherfuckers.


DCilantro

Why more than once? Why give them 1 free pass? Adults should get charged with trespassing and fined as well.


soulevisceration

Talks are to be held over punishing pitch invasions with stadium closures after a “scumbag” fan headbutted Billy Sharp at the end of the Championship play-off semi-final between Sheffield United and Nottingham Forest. A senior figure in the English game told the Telegraph it was time for a “debate” on launching a major crackdown on such incursions following Tuesday night’s incident at the City Ground. A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting United captain Sharp, who required stitches after the attack by an apparent Forest supporter following the latter’s dramatic win on penalties. Sharp’s manager Paul Heckingbottom demanded punishment for the striker’s assailant, who charged at him as he was standing in the dugout in the immediate moments after the full-time whistle. If the attacker is shown to have been a Forest supporter, the club will also face punishment from the Football Association. Previous fan assaults on players have resulted in teams being fined by the FA but that could change from next season. “It absolutely does need to be discussed because the mantra is always: ‘You can’t punish the fans’,” the senior figure said. “Well, hang on, yes you can when it’s the fans that caused it.” The figure proposed stadium closures as a possible sanction for the kind of mass pitch invasion witnessed on Tuesday night, adding: “What they’ve done is given cover for some idiot to behave the way that he did.” Sharp was not in United’s matchday squad due to a calf injury and was left with a bleeding lip. “It’s cowardly and he was knocked to the ground,” Heckingbottom said. “He has had stitches and is shaken up. His safety was put at risk at a place of work. “We have the footage and something will be done about it. Bill was minding his own business off the pitch, trying to get our players away. It is the second fan attack to have taken place at the City Ground in just over three months after a Leicester City supporter was convicted of assaulting three Forest players during the sides’ FA Cup fourth-round tie there. Forest were not punished on that occasion but are likely to be sanctioned this time by the FA, which in 2019 fined Birmingham City £42,500 after one of their fans attacked Jack Grealish during their Championship game against Aston Villa. An FA spokesperson said: “We will be investigating the incident as a matter of urgency and will be working alongside the clubs and the relevant authorities to ensure the appropriate steps are taken.” Tuesday’s attack occurred as Forest fans invaded the pitch to celebrate their victory over United, which secured their first trip to Wembley in over 30 years. Forest won a dramatic penalty shootout 3-2 following a 3-3 aggregate draw, which precipitated a pitch invasion. Forest released a statement after the match, which said: “Nottingham Forest Football Club are appalled to learn that our former player, Billy Sharp, was assaulted leaving the pitch after tonight’s match at The City Ground. “The club will work with the authorities to locate the individual in order they are held to account for their actions, which will include a life ban from Nottingham Forest. “The club would also like to apologise to Billy personally and to Sheffield United Football Club.”


SkyTVIsFuckingShit

> 31-year old Fucking tragic


OfficialGloryHunter

>If the attacker is shown to have been a Forest supporter, the club will also face punishment from the Football Association. I think a forfeiture from the final will suffice. Thank you very much.


TeaAndCrumpetGhoul

You can get nets, cages or an other type of barrier. Though I could see specific problems arising with those, but it is still might be an idea they'll have to consider. You can also have sprinklers that pop up from underneath the field that spray mace... Sorry that is terrible idea.


scifiphichipsi

Any type of barrier between the pitch and the stands will probably be vigorously opposed because of the hangover from Hillsborough. Hell, they're only now, over 30 years later trialling the idea of "safe standing" in grounds


TeaAndCrumpetGhoul

Yes. I thought this as well. But it might be considered if something like this happens again. They could increase security tenfold (which i don't think is feasible), Unless you're willing to entertain the mace sprinklers idea, wjich will undoubtedly be the cause of many a friendly fire.


Johnga20

I will get downvotes but Forest should get at least 3 games without fans in their stadium next season to people stop with this.


spillbreak

Both Huddersfield and Forest had pitch invasions when they won the semis, if the FA weren't fucking cowards they ought to make them play the final in an empty Wembley.


lucashtpc

Just get a low level electric fence just like for cows. I don’t see the whole stadium getting a shock to get over it and if people start putting things on it to pass it that’s way easier to manage because it’s less than catching thousands of fans running. They literally need 3-4 guys to catch one of them…


fuckoffyank_

Then a player gets a shock when he jumps over the advertising boards, which happens quite a lot


mercival

I believe electric fences can be turned on and off.


christoy123

I genuinely hope this wasn’t a serious idea…


EmperorBeaky

jesus


vibroguy

dock points. Only way to stop the fucking morons


SteeMonkey

You'd get rival fans doing it in their rivals shirts to get them docked lol


Modnal

Too bad we have to deal with this in an ethical correct manner Otherwise we could just waterboard pitch invaders publically and the problem would be gone in a week


FCDallasBurn

Some of my favorite moments in college sports in the US was rushing the court or fields after a big win. Shame that some people had to ruin it for the rest in the UK


TwoMonthOldMilk

Other than putting up massive nets/fences which would ruin the atmosphere, I don't know what can really be done when half a stadium of people decide to run onto the pitch at once.