Former Reading striker Billy Sharp has spoken out after being attacked in a pitch invasion.

On the touchline for the Championship play-off semi final last night due to injury, Nottingham Forest beat Sheffield United on penalties to book their place at Wembley for the first time since 1992.

However, the pulsating second tier fixture was marred by the attack following Bryce Samba’s third and final save during the shoot-out.

Despite a 2-1 win for the Blades on the night, a 3-3 aggregate score took the game into a nervy spell of extra-time and penalties.

36-year-old Sharp has made over 300 appearances for the Blades over three separate spells and has been captain since 2016.

Releasing a statement on social media, the striker said: “One mindless idiot ruined what was an unbelievable night of football. Congratulations to Nottingham Forest on their victory and reaching the final. As an ex-Forest player, I will not let one scumbag ruin my respect for the Forest fans.”


A 31-year-old man has since been arrested on suspicion of assault and remains in custody.

Sharp scored two goals in 10 matches for the Royals during a short-term loan move in 2013/14.