The incident occurred on Sunday afternoon at the City Ground, where Championship side Nottingham Forest hosted local rivals Leicester in the FA Cup fourth round.
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A Leicester supporter has been banned for life by his club and arrested after storming onto the pitch and apparently attacking a group of Nottingham Forest players during Sunday’s FA Cup tie between the teams at the City Ground.
The incident occurred after Forest captain Joe Worrall scored to give the Championship side a shock 3–0 lead in the 32nd minute. The match had been scoreless 10 minutes earlier.
Worrall’s goal was scored in front of the visiting grandstand at the City Ground and the 25-year-old gestured to the Leicester fans before running off.
As the defender celebrated with his teammates, in front of the Forest fans, a traveling supporter ran onto the pitch and appeared to throw several punches at the group of players.
The man in question was restrained by butlers seconds after the incident occurred before he was taken away by police officers.
Chief Inspector Neil Williams of Nottinghamshire Police said: “We have arrested a man in connection with an incident that took place today (Sunday 6 February) during the first half of Nottingham Forest and Leicester’s FA Cup match. City.
“The investigations are in the early stages and our inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the incident are ongoing.”
A Leicester City spokesman said: “The Club is appalled by such behavior and apologizes to Nottingham Forest and its players whose safety was compromised.
“We applaud the swift action taken by City Ground delegates in arresting the person involved, who will be subject to a lifetime ban from all Leicester City home and away games.
“We will offer all the support to the relevant authorities so that they take the appropriate measures.”
soccer mirror they have also contacted Nottingham Forest for comment.
“That shouldn’t be happening, it’s disgusting,” former England defender Jonathan Woodgate said on BBC Radio 5 Live, while match of the day presenter Gary Lineker called the fan a “shame and disgrace”.
Speaking before Sunday’s match, Chief Inspector Williams said: “Due to Leicester City’s recent success, today’s match represents the first time these rivals have met in almost eight years, so I understand that both groups of fans will want to win.
“While we want everyone who attends the game to have fun, it’s important that people don’t let their emotions get the best of them and ruin the day for others.
“The entire Lower Bridgford stand will be allocated to away fans for the match, so I would ask any Leicester fan who doesn’t have a ticket but is thinking of traveling to the match anyway not to and to stay. at home”. and watch the game on TV instead.
“As always, our officials will be on hand to support the fans and both clubs to provide an enjoyable day for all in attendance and of course we will take positive steps to keep people safe, should any crime or disorder occur.” .
Leicester and Forest share a fierce rivalry, with tensions simmering throughout the day.
In a separate incident, a group of supporters were filmed attacking a pub in Nottingham city center ahead of the cup tie, throwing chairs and tables through windows.
Forest took a 3-0 first-half lead after goals from Philip Zinckernagel, Brennan Johnson and Worrall.
Kelechi Iheanacho scored for Leicester before the break, but a second-half goal from Djed Spence confirmed a 4-1 win for the Championship side.
Forest host Huddersfield in the FA Cup round of 16, with the match taking place during the week commencing 28 February.
Leicester were the defending champions, having beaten Chelsea in the final last season.