Sheffield United’s Oli McBurnie denies stamping on Nottingham Forest fan in shocking new footage
Sheffield United striker Oli McBurnie has denied trampling on a Nottingham Forest fan invading the pitch after shocking footage emerged from Tuesday’s Championship playoff semi-final.
United were beaten on penalties in their crucial second leg at the City Ground, and failed to secure a meeting with Huddersfield in the Wembley final later this month.
After goalkeeper Brice Samba denied Morgan Gibbs-White from 12 meters to send Forest away, jubilant home fans flooded the pitch to celebrate their victory, but there were some nasty scenes.
Sky Sports cameras captured the horrific moment United striker Billy Sharp, 36, fell to the ground after being headbutted in the technical area by a rushing fan.
Police have since arrested a man on suspicion of assault and Forest vowed to ban him for life following one of the most gruesome attacks ever seen on a British football ground.
However, Sharp was not the only victim of an attack during the pitch invasion, as new footage circulating on social media appears to show his team-mate McBurnie jumping up and stomping on a Forest supporter amidst a melee. .
The embarrassing clip, posted by Twitter user @brokenkingmusicit appears to capture the fan in question falling to the ground before McBurnie enters with an angry stomp as he lies helpless on the ground.
Oli McBurnie appears to stomp on a Nottingham Forest fan in images circulating online
McBurnie appeared to lash out at the fan after Sheffield United’s playoff loss to Forest
The fan can first be seen falling to the ground during a pitch invasion at the City Ground.
An enraged McBurnie appears to burst in and stomp on the fan as he lies on the floor.
After one of his colleagues pushes the Scotland international aside, the fan slowly gets back to his feet at the end of the video.
Despite being accused of stomping on the fan, McBurnie has denied doing so, instead suggesting that he was trying to step over it on the ground.
He endorsed a Twitter post that read: ‘Wish @oli_mcburnie’s video was in full context, looks more like he’s trying to run over him with a bad leg! I could be wrong!
McBurnie responded to the tweet with a ‘100’ emoji, indicating he agrees with that version of events.
sports mail has contacted Sheffield United for comment on the footage.
It is not the first time that McBurnie has found himself at the center of controversy, as last year the United star was filmed attacking an insurance broker on the street who mocked his relegation from the Premier League.
Elliott Wright claimed to have seen him arguing with a woman in Knaresborough, North Yorks, before joking, “Relax, mate.” It cannot be worse than being relegated.
The footage, which went viral online, showed McBurnie approaching Wright, knocking the phone out of his hand and stomping on it before attacking him.
Wright was left with a black eye and cuts to his face from the incident, and the Blades forward accepted a warning for threatening behavior after being arrested and held overnight.
It’s not the first time the United striker has been accused of assaulting a member of the public.
He was filmed pulling a phone out of a man’s hand and attacking him in the street last year.
McBurnie’s Blades teammate Billy Sharp was also attacked during Tuesday’s pitch invasion.
McBurnie has gotten into trouble several times in the past; receiving a £29,000 fine for driving under the influence of alcohol in July 2020.
The self-confessed Swansea fan was also seen making a rude gesture towards his Cardiff counterparts while attending the South Wales derby in January of the same year.
However, his alleged attack on a Forest fan was not the only despicable moment after Tuesday’s playoff semi-final, as Sharp’s header sparked outrage across British football.
On Wednesday, the attacked player spoke about the incident and described his attacker as ‘garbage’.
“A mindless idiot ruined what was an amazing night of football,” Sharp said.
‘Congratulations to Nottingham Forest on their victory and good luck in the final. As a former Forest player, I won’t let a bastard ruin my respect for the Forest fans.
Sky Sports cameras captured a Forest supporter headbutting the 36-year-old (bottom left)
“Incredibly proud to captain this group of Sheffield United players, they gave it their all and can hold their heads high.” We will come back and we will come back.
“Thank you for all your messages and support after the incident.”
United boss Paul Heckingbottom has called for the fan to be jailed, saying: “Billy was minding his own business and was attacked by surprise.”
It was cowardice. Billy is in shock and needed stitches. We have the footage. We always see people talking about player safety, but nothing is ever done about it.’