The PFA are shocked and appalled by the senseless assault by a fan on Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp.
The football pitch is a place of work for our members, this is one of a growing number of incidents this season.
Matchday security and fan disorder needs to be reviewed ahead of next season, and we will be raising player safety with the clubs, leagues and the UK Football Policing Unit.
There is no place in football for this behaviour. We recognise that stewards and the police have a very difficult job, a suspect has been arrested, and Nottingham Forest have confirmed the offender will be banned for life.
Finally, our thoughts are with Billy and we hope he recovers quickly.