Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Dean Henderson celebrates with Morgan Gibbs-White (right) and Brennan Johnson. PA

English FA reviewing mass brawl between Nottingham Forest and Wolves

Stewards had to intervene and both clubs are sure to be in hot water with the English Football Association.

LAST UPDATE | Jan 12th 2023, 9:44 AM

THE ENGLISH FOOTBALL Association is reviewing the mass brawl between Nottingham Forest and Wolves at the end of their Carabao Cup quarter-final, the PA news agency understands.

After Forest had won a penalty shoot-out to secure their path to the last four, both sets of players were involved in a melee, with stewards forced to run on to the City Ground pitch to intervene.

Forest forward Morgan Gibbs-White, playing against his former club, appeared to be in the thick of the action, having celebrated his side’s win in front of travelling supporters who had booed him.

The FA will review the referee’s report when it arrives and video footage but a charge would appear highly likely.

Forest boss Steve Cooper did not want to discuss the issue after his side’s win, which set up a two-legged semi-final with Manchester United.

“I am not going to deny there wasn’t one because there was but why it happened and how it happened and what happened, if I speak about it I wouldn’t be completely clear because I don’t know,” he said.

“So I shouldn’t really say anything.”

It was an ill-tempered game as there was an earlier low-key melee that saw Nunes Matheus, Daniel Podence and Serge Aurier booked after Wolves were denied a late penalty.

Wolves’ protests also saw boss Julen Lopetegui booked.

nottingham-forest-v-wolverhampton-wanderers-carabao-cup-quarter-final-city-ground Tempers flare between players following the penalty shoot-out. PA PA

But Cooper did admit that the fact Dean Henderson cannot play in the semi-final against Manchester United has put a dampener on his side’s progress.

Henderson was the hero for Forest as he saved two penalties in a 4-3 shoot-out success after the tie had finished 1-1 in normal time during which he made a number of other saves.

The on-loan goalkeeper, who kept out Ruben Neves and Ireland U-21 international Joe Hodge’s spot-kicks, will be ineligible for the two-legged last-four tie against his parent club, unless United give written permission for him to play.

“It’s unfortunate. He’s part of our group, he is so invested in the group and how we work, what we’re trying to accelerate in terms of what we want to become.

“To do that you need a really good goalkeeper. Not only is he committing as a goalkeeper, he is buying into being in the city and the greater good of the club.

“It has put a dampener on it for me.”

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