A teenage football fan has been charged with assaulting three Nottingham Forest players following a pitch invasion during his team’s defeat to rivals Leicester City.

Cameron Toner, 19, of Leicester, has been charged with three counts of common assault and going onto a playing area at a football match.

Toner, from Leicester, has been released on conditional bail, including a ban on attending any live football matches. He is due to appear before Nottingham Magistrates’ Court  on February 24.

The incident occurred after Forest captain Joe Worrall scored to put the Championship side up 3-0 in tense home derby before they won 4-1.

Images captured on live TV showed the invader appearing to scuffle with Forest players. Leicester has barred the fan from attending future games for the rest of his life.

The club said it was appalled by such behaviour and offered its apologies to Nottingham Forest and its players whose safety was jeopardised.

“We applaud City Ground stewards’ quick action in apprehending the individual involved, who will face a lifetime ban from all Leicester City home and away games.”

Brendan Rodgers, Leicester’s manager, added “It’s the kind of behaviour you never want to see. Whatever happens on the field, it must be a safe environment for the players.”

Foxes legend Gary Lineker called the alleged pitch invader’s actions “an embarrassment and a disgrace.”

Nottingham Forest and Leicester City met for the first time in eight years. Around 4,000 Foxes fans made the outing to the City Ground.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cooper, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “We keep on working intimately with both football clubs who are supporting our examination following this occurrence.

“Savagery at football matches won’t go on without serious consequences. I trust that this will be an advanced notice to any other individual that savage conduct at football is treated  in a serious way and could land them with powerful results.”