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06th Feb 2022

Leicester fan banned for life and arrested after attacking Nottingham Forest players

Daniel Brown

He was quickly dragged away by police officers

A Leicester City fan has been banned for life by the club and arrested after invading the pitch and attacking a group of Nottingham Forest players during Sunday’s FA Cup tie between the sides at the City Ground.

The incident occurred after Forest captain Joe Worrall scored to give Forest a surprising 3-0 lead in the 32nd minute – with the 25-year-old celebrating with his teammates in front of the Leicester supporters.

As the celebrations continued, a Leicester fan ran on to the pitch and appeared to throw several punches at the group of players.

He was restrained by stewards just seconds after the incident happened before being dragged 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 the Nottingham Forest and Leicester City FA cup match.

“Investigations are in the very early stages and our enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the incident are ongoing.”

A Leicester City spokesman said: “The Club is appalled by such behaviour and offers its apologies to Nottingham Forest and its players whose safety was compromised.

“We applaud the swift action taken by City Ground stewards in apprehending the individual involved, who will be subject to a lifetime ban from all Leicester City fixtures at home and away.

“We will offer every support to the relevant authorities in pursuing further appropriate action.”

Steve Cooper’s side ran into a 3-0 lead with first-half goals from Philip Zinckernagel, Brennan Johnson and Worrall.

Kelechi Iheanacho pulled a goal back for Leicester before the break, but a second-half strike from Djed Spence secured a 4-1 victory for the Championship side.

Forest will host Huddersfield in the last 16 of the FA Cup, with the game set to take place during the week commencing February 28.

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