TYSON FURY’S Arsenal fan cousin has finally admitted assaulting Manchester United star Chris Smalling after downing eight pints at the Emirates.
Gary Cooper previously only admitted to running onto the pitch during the March 10 match, which the Gunners won 2-0.
Getty – Contributor Gary Cooper has admitted pushing Chris Smalling
The 30-year-old changed his plea to guilty to an assault charge on Thursday and has been slapped with a £235 fine by the Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court.
The dad-of-three has also been ordered to pay Smalling £100 compensation as well as carry out 120 hours of unpaid work.
Cooper, of Chertsey, Surrey, had previously admitted invading the playing area and received a football banning order for four years.
He had run from the stands on to the pitch after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had scored from a penalty to seal a 2-0 win for the Gunners two months ago.
Smalling was not injured. The contact was also made only once – it was clearly a matter of excitement where he lost controlEleanor Fraser, in mitigation
Cooper was caught on camera shoving Smalling with his arm before joining in the goal celebrations with Unai Emery’s men.
Eleanor Fraser, in mitigation, said: “Smalling was not injured.
“The contact was also made only once – it was brief, just a single blow.
“It was clearly a matter of excitement where he lost control, his intention was to celebrate and congratulate them.
“But, before he knew it, Smalling was in his path.”
Demi Ugurtay, prosecuting, said: “There was contact with Mr Smalling.
“He does accept there was contact. There is CCTV from the stadium that I will show to the court.
“This behaviour is unacceptable. He has run into the pitch after Arsenal scored a penalty at 6pm.”
Cooper had issued an apology for his actions after the footage of the assault went viral, and he has since lost his job as a decorator.
The Arsenal fan now claims benefits after being sacked from his £500-a-week job at Innovation Decorators.
The court heard Cooper had downed eight pints of beer before invading the pitch.
Getty – Contributor He was arrested at the Emirates Stadium but later bailed
Action Images – Reuters Cooper is a cousin of boxing champ Tyson Fury
Arsenal fan pitch invades and tries to join in the celebrations of Aubameyang’s goal against Man United