Arrest warrant issued for Sheffield Wednesday star Fernando Forestieri

FERNANDO FORESTIERI is the subject of an arrest warrant after the Sheffield Wednesday striker failed to attend court.

The 28-year-old forward was due to appear at Mansfield Magistrates' Court earlier but failed to appear.

The marksman has been charged with using threatening words and behaviour and racially aggravated harassment on July 24.

The charges relate to a brawl following a friendly match with Mansfield Town in the summer.

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 fracas.

A tackle from the former Italy U21 ace sparked a melee at the end of the pre-season meeting.

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Forestieri and Mansfield's Jacob Mellis were both banned for three games and admitted to misconduct charges, with Forestieri fined £25,000 Mellis just £1,500.

Wednesday were fined £20,000 and Mansfield were fined £3,000 for the violent clash after the final whistle.

The Owls "vehemently refuted" accusations that Stags captain Krystian Pearce had been racially abused.

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