Nottingham Forest season ticket holder, 30, jailed after headbutting Billy Sharp

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Robert Biggs appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court today

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

Nottingham Forest season ticket holder Robert Biggs, from Ilkeston, Derbyshire, has admitted to being the victim of actual bodily assault which left Sharp with four stitches to his wound lip.

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

Billy Sharp

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

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

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

Ms Connally told the court: ‘A large number of fans entered the playing field.

She added: “Mr Sharp had no direct involvement in the game. He appears to be on his feet with his hands in his pockets.

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

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

District Judge Grace Leong told Biggs, “The video clip proves to me that you were running towards Billy Sharp and dodging all the other onlookers to head towards him.

“I am of the opinion that it was a targeted act of aggression… even if it was not premeditated.

“The violent impact caused a very unpleasant injury to Mr. Sharp.

“You must have seen him fall but you didn’t stop to check if he was okay or if he was seriously injured.

“It is so serious that a custodial sentence must be imposed.”

Biggs, who appeared in court in police custody, also received a 10-year football ban order.

He was told that the separate charge of unlawfully entering the playing surface had been dropped.

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