McBurnie video investigated
Championship-bound Sheffield United are investigating a video that has emerged on social media seemingly showing their striker Oli McBurnie assaulting a member of the public on the street.
The man alleged to be McBurnie responds to his name being called, marching over to the phone camera before sending it flying out of the owner’s hands. This is followed by the Sheffield United striker stamping on the phone before he is seen to grab the victim by the neck and aim a knee at his groin.
WARNING: The video below contains foul language along with violent and potentially distressing images.
Ohhh Oil McBurnie pic.twitter.com/v7TR79NtEN
— Vern🏴 (@JwVernon) May 9, 2021
The remainder of the scuffle was not picked up by the camera, yet the victim’s friends can be heard saying “what the f**k mate” and telling McBurnie to stop. The striker replies by repeatedly telling them to “take your boy away now”, before the phone is picked up and the recording ended.
Whilst it is not yet conclusive as to whether it is Mr McBurnie in the video, his club Sheffield United have released a statement saying that “Officials at Sheffield United are aware of the video circulating on social media and are currently investigating.”
Sheffield United statement re Oli McBurnie social media video: “Officials at Sheffield United are aware of the video circulating on social media and are currently investigating.”
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) May 10, 2021
A bad season getting worse:
It has been a poor season for McBurnie and his side, relegated from the Premier League in record time. Like much of the Blades’ side, McBurnie flattered to deceive, netting once in his 23 appearances.
Their misery was compounded by the dismissal of Chris Wilder, the man who had led the side up to the Premier League from League one and who had managed a ninth placed finish in 2019/21, just two points below Arsenal.
Innocent until proven guilty:
Whilst the recorded footage appears to provide a damning verdict on the events that transpired, questions remain. Oli McBurnie is yet to be positively identified from the video, while the seemingly un-provoked nature of the attack seems bizarre.
Any punishment for the Scotsman, who has made 17 appearances for his country, may see him miss the chance to represent Scotland at the European Championships this summer, while he may yet face significant criminal charges.