Gary Cooper (pictured arriving at Highbury Magistrates’ Court today) admitted invading the pitch but denied assaulting Smalling
Pitch invader Gary Cooper, 30, was arrested during the game at the Emirates Stadium on March 10.
He was caught on camera running onto the field and allegedly shoved the centre back and later charged with common assault.
Cooper, of Chertsey, Surrey, admitted one charge of entering into the playing area during the football match.
But standing in front of Highbury Corner Magistrates Court, Cooper denied a charge of assault by beating.
When asked would a trial date be convenient , Cooper said: ‘Not really, I’ve lost my job over this and it will take me a while to get here.’
Defending, June Grattan said: ‘It should be resolved once we see the CCTV. It will not take long.’
Chief magistrate Dani Jayes said: ‘There is going to be a trial for this matter, we need to get some paperwork together.
Cooper is pictured running onto the pitch toward Manchester United’s Chris Smalling during a game at the Emirates
Stewards are pictured leading Cooper off the pitch after he ran on when he became ‘overwhelmed with emotion’
‘If you are not here a warrant will be issued for your arrest. The other matter you have pleaded guilty to will be dealt with after the trial.’
Earlier this month he made a grovelling apology to Smalling after confronting the Manchester United defender on the pitch.
Gary Cooper, a cousin of boxing champion Tyson Fury, told MailOnline he was ‘deeply ashamed’ of the pitch invasion having become ‘overwhelmed with emotion’ during the match at The Emirates stadium on Sunday.
Mr Cooper (pictured leaving Highbury Magistrates’ Court today) denied assaulting Manchester United’s Chris Smalling
The 30-year-old decorator faces a life ban from the North London club having been been charged with common assault and going on to the playing area at the Emirates Stadium.
Father-of-two Cooper told Mail Online he wanted to apologise to Smalling, Manchester United and Arsenal saying he had been ‘foolish beyond words.’
‘I am just so ashamed and have let myself and my family down. What happened was out of character. I am still in shock and feel awful,’ he said.
The case is now adjourned until Mr Cooper faces trial at a later date that will be held at the same court.