Chris Smalling assault: Man admits charge during Arsenal match

Author: BBC Sport
Chris Smalling being assaulted at Emirates Stadium

A man has admitted assaulting Manchester United defender Chris Smalling during a Premier League match at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium.

Gary Cooper, 30, ran onto the pitch about 70 minutes into the game on  March 10, which Arsenal won 2-0.

Cooper, of Styventon Place, Chertsey, Surrey, changed his plea to guilty to an assault charge  when he appeared before the court .

Magistrates fined him £235, ordered him to pay £100 compensation and again gave him 120 hours unpaid work.

He had previously admitted invading the pitch and also received a football banning order for four years at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court.