Arrest warrant issued for Sheffield Wednesday striker Fernando Forestieri after failure to attend court

28 Dec

An arrest warrant has been issued for Sheffield Wednesday striker Fernando Forestieri after he failed to attend Mansfield Magistrates’ Court on Friday morning.

Court staff told PA that the 28-year-old faces one charge of using threatening words or behaviour and another of racially aggravated harassment on July 24.

Forestieri scoring against Hull

The offences are understood to have occurred during a post-match brawl which took place at the end of a pre-season friendly between Wednesday and Mansfield at the One Call Stadium.

Forestieri was banned by the Football Association in September for three matches and fined £25,000 after admitting to a misconduct charge for his part in the brawl.

Mansfield’s Jacob Mellis also admitted to an FA misconduct charge and was banned for three games and fined £1,500.

Wednesday and Mansfield were fined £20,000 and £3,000 respectively after both clubs admitted an FA misconduct charge of failing to control their players.

Forestieri was signed by Wednesday from Watford for an undisclosed fee in the summer of 2015 and has scored 35 goals in almost 100 appearances for the club in all competitions.