A man from Chertsey pleaded guilty to assaulting Manchester United footballer Chris Smalling.

Gary Cooper, 30, attended the match at the Emirates Stadium between Arsenal and Man Utd on March 10, and ran onto the pitch after Arsenal converted a penalty during the second half.

After doing so, Mr Cooper made physical contact with Mr Smalling before being escorted off the pitch by Arsenal stewards.

According to the BBC, Mr Cooper initially pleaded not guilty to an assault charge but changed his plea on Thursday (May 16).

Media outlets reported Monday that Mr Cooper was fined £235, ordered to pay £100 compensation and was given 120 hours unpaid work.

BBC News reported that Mr Cooper previously admitted invading the pitch received a football banning order for four years.