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A Nottingham Forest fan (pictured right in yellow) is said to attack Sheffield United player Billy Sharpe and (pictured left) fans storm the field after Forest beat Sheffield United.

A Nottingham Forest fan (pictured right in yellow) has allegedly attacked Sheffield United player Billy Sharpe after fans stormed the field to celebrate the team’s victory. (Images: Getty Images/Twitter)

Football fans watched in horror as the dream moment Nottingham Forest turned into a nightmare when a fan allegedly attacked an opposing player while fans poured onto the field to celebrate the team’s victory.

Nottingham Forest fans poured onto the pitch at the end of their penalty shoot-out win in the Championship play-off semi-finals against Sheffield United.

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Sheffield captain Billy Sharpe was sidelined for the second leg and stood with the coaching staff on the edge of the technical area during the penalty shoot-out.

Forest secured a dramatic 3-2 win on penalties after a 3-3 aggregate draw, sparking an invasion of the pitch at the City Ground.

And in ugly scenes, a Forest fan allegedly ran up to Sharpe and banged his head in his face.

The shocking footage was captured during the broadcast.

“A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault in connection with this incident. He remains in custody and is being questioned by officers,” said Paul Hennessy, Chief Inspector of Nottinghamshire Police.

“Our investigation into the circumstances of the incident is ongoing. We have spoken to the player involved and are working with both clubs who are assisting us in our investigation.”

Sheffield United boss Paul Heckingbottom unleashed the alleged attack.

“He’s shattered, bleeding, angry,” Heckingbottom said.

“Bill was minding his own business off the field and trying to get our players away. He was blind, it was cowardly. He was thrown to the ground (and had to have stitches), he was shaken up.”

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Forest has condemned the incident and said the perpetrator will be given a “lifetime ban” from the club.

“Nottingham Forest Football Club is appalled to learn that our former player, Billy Sharp, was attacked as he left the pitch after today’s game at the City Ground,” the statement added.

“The club would also like to apologize to Billy personally and to Sheffield United Football Club.”

Fans took to social media to blast the disgusting act.

There was insane drama on the field in the championship.

The Blades lurched back into a tie after losing the first leg 2-1 and trailing Brennan Johnson’s opener on the night.

Goals from Morgan Gibbs-White and John Fleck in the second half sent it into overtime and after another 30 minutes and still 3-3 aggregate, Congo goalkeeper Brice Samba denied Oliver Norwood, Conor Hourihane and Gibbs-White on penalties, to send Forest through to the showdown against Huddersfield at Wembley on Sunday 29th May.

Nottingham Forest players (pictured) celebrate progressing to the play-off final during the Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final and second leg match at the City Ground, Nottingham.

Nottingham Forest players (pictured) celebrate progressing to the play-off final during the Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final and second leg match at the City Ground, Nottingham. (Photo by Zac Goodwin/PA Images via Getty Images)

Forest, bottom of the second tier after seven games when Steve Cooper took charge in September, is now just one win away from a return to the top flight after a 23-year absence.

“I would have liked to have won the game 3-1 and run away, but the fact that we did it the way we did it means we’re better equipped now to reach the final,” said Cooper .

“I promise you I’ll work even harder than I worked for this. No days off, I’ll be first at the training ground (Wednesday) and we’ll be ready.

with AAP

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