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Sheffield Utd stars Rhian Brewster and Oli McBurnie are charged with assault

Sheffield Utd stars Rhian Brewster and Oli McBurnie charged with assault after invading the field in Nottingham Forest during the Championship play-off semi-final

  • Sheffield footballers Rhian Brewster and Oli McBurnie have been charged
  • The Yorkshire club said it was ‘disappointed’ that the couple are facing criminal charges
  • Brewster, 22, and McBurnie, 26, vehemently deny both allegations against them
  • Police are investigating events following the turf invasion in Nottingham Forest
  • Forest fans stormed the field after Forest United defeated in semi-final play-off

Sheffield United footballers Rhian Brewster and Oli McBurnie have been charged with assault after a police investigation into incidents during the club’s defeat in the Championship play-off semi-final against Nottingham Forest.

In a statement on its website, Sheffield United FC said it was “disappointed” that the two players are facing criminal charges following an investigation by Nottinghamshire Police.

Brewster, 22, and McBurnie, 26, “firmly deny” the charges, after attending voluntary police interviews.

The allegations relate to United’s Sky Bet Championship game against Forest at the City Ground in Nottingham on May 17.

After Sheffield United lost 3-2 to Forest on penalties, victorious Forest fans stormed the field – attacking Blades’ skipper Billy Sharp and a man later charged.

Oliver McBurnie reacts after a missed opportunity during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Hull City at Bramall Lane on February 15, 2022

Oliver McBurnie reacts after a missed opportunity during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Hull City at Bramall Lane on February 15, 2022

Sheffield United supported Rhian Brewster, centre, at Bramall Lane on September 21, 2021

Sheffield United supported Rhian Brewster, centre, at Bramall Lane on September 21, 2021

Forest season ticket holder Robert Biggs, 30, pleaded guilty to assault that involved actual bodily harm and was sentenced to 24 weeks in prison last month.

The Yorkshire club added that it was working with others to address concerns over field invasions, following a number of similar incidents in other grounds, including at Everton, where Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira was involved in a clash with a fan.

It said: ‘Sheffield United Football Club are disappointed to hear that Rhian Brewster and Oli McBurnie have been charged following the incidents that took place last month during the EFL Championship play-off semi-final against Nottingham Forest.

Both players voluntarily took part in interviews with Nottinghamshire Police in the wake of the match in which their team-mate, Billy Sharp, was the victim of an attack in the chaos that followed the final whistle.

Brewster and McBurnie strongly deny the charges against them and football manager Paul Heckingbottom, who wrote letters to the League Managers’ Association, the Professional Footballers’ Association, the EFL and FA after a number of field invasions last month, including one involving Crystal. Palace manager Patrick Vieira continues discussions with key stakeholders to better protect players and staff in their workplace.’

United declined to comment further.

Nottingham Forest fans stormed the pitch at City Ground on May 17, 2022

Nottingham Forest fans stormed the pitch at City Ground on May 17, 2022

Speaking to local media at the club’s training ground today, after returning for pre-season preparation, manager Paul Heckingbottom said: “Very disappointed as a club and personally. It was clear we knew the interrogation was underway.

“We have all seen the situation. I’ve written to the EFL and LMA about protecting their members.

“I’m not talking about Nottingham Forest or the Nottinghamshire Police, I’m talking about football in general, there were incidents everywhere and we must not let that happen again.

“I wrote to your members about that protection. Also to the EFL and the FA as governing bodies. I think that’s important.

“If anyone sees an incident like this again next season, someone has to lose their job for sure. It’s silly and unsafe.

‘I look at the man-hours, the cost of it all, why don’t I put the police on the field? It’s cheaper, we wouldn’t have had anyone attacked, we wouldn’t have anyone in jail and we wouldn’t have two professional athletes going through it again.”

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