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Forest Charged By FA Following Play-Off Invasion

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Nottingham Forest has been formally charged by the Football Association following the pitch invasion following their Championship Play-Off Final (second leg) victory over Sheffield United in May, as reported on the BBC.

Following a 3-3 aggregate draw, Nottingham Forest triumphed over the Blades, winning the penalty shoot out. The victory led to a mass pitch invasion and several Sheffield United players were confronted by Forest supporters. In one, incident, skipper Billy Sharp was headbutted. The subsequent supporter has been brought to justice and was jailed. Strikers Oli McBurnie and Rhian Brewster were also caught up in action, with the latter seeing his case dropped, whilst McBurnie, the Scottish striker’s case is still ongoing.

The City Ground club have been charged with an alleged breach of FA Rule E20. In a statement, the FA said; “Nottingham Forest has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E20. It is alleged that Nottingham Forest FC failed to ensure that its spectators, and all persons purporting to be its supporters or followers, conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and refrained from using threatening and/or violent behaviour whilst encroaching onto the pitch area, following the completion of the fixture.”

At this point, it is unclear as to when a hearing will take place, nor what the ultimate penalty would be if found guilty.

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