Wed. Jul 6th, 2022

Police and football authorities are investigating footage which appears to show Sheffield United striker Oli McBurnie appearing to stamp on a Nottingham Forest supporter.

United lost on penalties in the second leg of their Championship playoff semi-final, with home Forest fans invading the pitch after the final whistle to celebrate their monumental victory.

But the field invasion was marred by a sickening assault on United striker Billy Sharp, 36, who was headbutted by a fan in a disgusting incident caught on camera. The fan has since been arrested and is set to face assault charges, and will be handed a lifetime ban by Forest.

But new footage has emerged on social media which purports to show Sharp’s teammate McBurnie, a Scotland international, stamping on a Forest fan who was lying on the ground.

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In a chaotic fracas, United player Rhian Brewster appeared to be shoved by a fan, who subsequently fell to the ground.

The video then shows 25-year-old McBurnie stepping over – or stamping on – the opposition supporter.

McBurnie is currently recovering from a long-term foot injury and was wearing a surgical boot, and took to social media to defend himself.

He replied to a post on Twitter which read: ‘Wish that @oli_mcburnie video was in full context – looks more like he was trying to step over him with one bad leg! Could be wrong! ‘

McBurnie replied: ‘100’, indicating his agreement with that version of events.

Neither McBurnie himself nor his club have commented on the incident, while police and the Football Association are investigating.

Nottinghamshire Police Inspector Andy Wright said: “We have been made aware of a video circulating on social media showing a possible altercation where a Forest fan can be seen on the ground following the playoff semi-final.

“We have now started an investigation into this incident.

“The person in question has not yet reported the incident, but we would urge them to come forward along with any other persons who may have witnessed the incident or have video footage so we can establish the full circumstances.

“We would particularly appeal to the owner of the original footage to make contact.”

McBurnie last year sparked outrage when he attacked a fan in the street – knocking his phone from his hand and stamping on it, before assaulting the man.

McBurnie was arrested and detained overnight by police, but was given a bail for the incident which left the man with a black and eye and facial lacerations.

A Nottingham Forest supporter (in yellow, bottom left) attacked Billy Sharp in a separate incident.
A Nottingham Forest supporter (in yellow, bottom left) attacked Billy Sharp in a separate incident.Source: Supplied

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