Sheffield United’s McBurnie and Brewster charged by police after playoff incidents | Sheffield United

Sheffield United’s Oli McBurnie and Rhian Brewster have been charged after a police investigation into incidents during the club’s Championship play-off semi-final loss to Nottingham Forest.

The Blades said they were “disappointed” to learn the couple were facing criminal charges after an investigation by Nottinghamshire Police. It is not yet clear what the players are accused of doing. Both deny wrongdoing.

The allegations relate to the club’s semi-final qualifying second leg at the City Ground on May 17. Forest, who later earned promotion, won 3-2 on penalties after the tie ended 3-3 on aggregate. Home fans flooded the pitch in celebration, during which United’s Billy Sharp was mugged. A man has been jailed for 24 weeks after pleading guilty to assaulting Sharp.

“Sheffield United Football Club is disappointed to learn that Rhian Brewster and Oli McBurnie have been charged following the incidents during the EFL Championship play-off semi-final second leg against Nottingham Forest last month,” a statement from the club said. club.

“Both players voluntarily engaged in interviews with Nottinghamshire Police following the game which saw team-mate Billy Sharp assaulted in the chaos following the final whistle.

“Brewster and McBurnie vigorously 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 the FA following a number of pitch invasions last month – including one involving Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira – continue discussions with key stakeholders to better protect players and staff in their workplaces.

Nottinghamshire Police have been approached for comment.

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