Sheffield United’s Oli McBurnie has been captured in a video stamping on a Nottingham Forest fan ground following Tuesday’s game.
Footage emerged on Wednesday of the Blades player lash out at one of the home supporters who had invaded the pitch and allegedly tried to go for Rhian Brewster.
Sheffield United travelled to Nottingham Forest in the Championship playoff second-leg, and following Forest’s penalty shootout victory, fans invaded the pitch before some rather nasty scenes played out.
The Scottish striker loses his cool with the fan who was laying on the ground, as seen in the tweet below.
— Dat White Kidd🦹🏻♂️. (@brokenkingmusic) May 18, 2022
Run on the the pitch and invade players privacy and run your own risk. Simple. They ain’t allowed on the pitch. https://t.co/Wd2njnxqU5
— Joshua Windass (@WindassJnr) May 18, 2022
Meanwhile, Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp posted a statement on social media after he was headbutted by a pitch invader on Tuesday night.
Nottingham Forest booked their place in the Championship play-off final, but the match was overshadowed by the incident involving Sharp in the celebrations by the home fans.
Fans ran onto the pitch and one left the striker needing stitches after headbutting him.
A 31-year-old has been arrested in connection with the incident and Forest have vowed to ban the culprit for life.
Sharp branded the individual a ‘scumbag’ but said he would not lose his ‘respect for the Forest fans’.
“One mindless idiot ruined what was an unbelievable night of football,” he wrote in a lengthy message on Twitter.
“Congratulations to Nottingham Forest on their victory and good luck in the final. As an ex-Forest player I will not let one scumbag ruin my respect for Forest fans.
“Incredibly proud to be captain of this group of Sheffield United players, they gave their all and can hold their heads high. We will be back and go again.
“Thanks for all your messages and support after the incident.”
— billy sharp (@billysharp10) May 18, 2022
The Professional Footballers’ Association added in a statement on Twitter: “We are shocked and appalled by the senseless assault by a fan on Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp. The football pitch is a place of work for our members, this is one of a growing number of incidents this season.
“Matchday security and fan disorder needs to be reviewed ahead of next season, and we will be raising player safety with the clubs, leagues and the UK Football Policing Unit.
“There is no place in football for this behaviour. We recognise that stewards and the police have a very difficult job, a suspect has been arrested, and Nottingham Forest have confirmed the offender will be banned for life.”
McBurnie stamping at a fan comes around a year after he was arrested after ‘punching a fan’ in the street bust-up. See more on that HERE.
The footballer appeared to march up to an fan as he video recorded him on his phone. Jack Grealish defended McBurnie days after seeing the video.
North Yorkshire Police said a few months later that they concluded the case by issuing a penalty notice and a caution to the men involved.
In their statement, NYP said: “Following an investigation, a man in his 20s has been cautioned for a public order offence, namely using threatening behaviour.
“A second man, also in his 20s, was issued with a penalty notice for a similar offence.
“Police are no longer appealing for information.”
He said: “On Saturday 10th May, I became involved in an incident which involved a number of parties, one of which was Oliver McBurnie.
“I am sure we all regret the incident.
“We exchanged opinions at the time and as far as I am concerned the matter is concluded. I do not intend to take any further action.
“I wish Oliver all the best going forward. After the year we’ve all had, it’s time to look to the future and not the past.
“I will not be making any further public comment.”
Ohhh Oil McBurnie pic.twitter.com/v7TR79NtEN
— Vern🏴 (@JwVernon) May 9, 2021
Twitter users reacted as Sheffield United’s Oli McBurnie gets captured in video stamping on a Nottingham Forest fan who went for Rhian Brewster…
@DanMossy00: Mcburnie loves it 😂😂😂😂
@NFFC_02: Wtf that’s awful
@ryanwise94: Wow, stamping on someone who is on the floor. What a big man. Hope this also gets the media attention
@lukeureds89: Surely needs arresting too
@fance10: Big trouble for @oli_mcburnie coming up #nffc #twitterblades
@firthbess: Fan charges at Brewster after Billy already got knocked out so McBurnie defends him.. what else do you expect to happen when your fans are absolute vermin attacking players?
@NFFC_FPL: Any comment from a Heckinhottom about this then?
@nickmellor35: What’s being done about this then @SheffieldUnited ???
@Smamfa75: Have @NottPolFootball @nottspolice @syptweet seen this?
@MattNFFC1: Surprised he didn’t miss. 28 games zero goals, not bad for £20m 😂
@Forest_No_22: Ooooh. What a shame he uses social media to provoke rival fans and that will now be the tool that bites his busted ass.
@Tommyswfc: First thing hes caught right all season bless him
@2103nat: New found respect for McBurnie, was straight over there to defend Hecky and this with Brewster. Brewster’s just a kid. No sympathy for the Forest fan, don’t start shit you can’t finish and stay off the pitch 🙄 #twitterblades
@DazzaP5: RIGHT @EFL_Comms & @EFL 🙃
@GrantFellows2: Pretty sure that assault, also needs arresting.
@garliclover123: @oli_mcburnie stuck up for his mate as anyone should. He should be proud of himself for not letting the rat hurt Brewster
@NathanWynne9: I used to think Ollie Mcburnie was a dickhead until I saw that video of him giving a forest fan a kick in. Fantastic work 😍 #dcfcfans
@LouDC_: Bellend you @oli_mcburnie
@T__Rice: Brian Clough 🤝 Oli McBurnie
hitting notts forest pitch invaders 😂
@BMccaffray: Nothing wrong with this, play stupid games win stupid prizes. The guy was attacking him and Brewster, deservedly gets stomped out… Mcburnie is with the shit, we know this.
@77Riches: McBurnie wants arrested for stealing a career never mind this
— James Shepherd (@Jiminy_Bob) May 18, 2022